The five best novels with hard-boiled private eyes/The five best novels with psycho killers

My list of the five best hard-boiled private eye novels. No. 1 you’ve heard of, hopefully seen the movie — the book is better!– but even pulp fiction fans may not have heard of No. 2. https://shepherd.com/best-books/hard-boiled-pis

No. 2, five novels on psycho killers. https://shepherd.com/best-books/psycho-killers True classics! If you don’t know Big Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, George Pelecanos, well, now’s a good time to get acquainted.

The Maltese falcon: HAMMETT, Dashiell: Amazon.com: Books
The one that started it all.

Pop. 1280: Thompson, Jim: 9780679732495: Amazon.com: Books
One of the best American novels ever written.

Photography, Travel

Mounds and petroglyphs

Monks Mound in July.JPG

Monks Mound, Cahokia, By Skubasteve834 – EN.Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3019271

The mystery of mound 72, Cahokia

Cahokia was the center of Mississippian culture (~600-1400 AD), a civilization that stretched from Wisconsin to Florida, Kansas to Virginia — different peoples, different customs, one culture. The first united states.

Mound 72 is a ridgetop mound. Instead of a rounded or flat top, it rises like a peaked roof. In the mound, two men were buried, one atop the other. The man on the bottom was covered by a two-inch layer of 20,000 shell beads, a blanket, cloak or cape in the shape of a thunderbird or falcon six feet long. The man buried on top was face up and the body on the bottom was face down and turned at a 180 degree angle from the first body.

The mound also contained about 200 more bodies, some with heads and hands removed.

Many Midwest and Plains tribes’ folklore includes the story of two brothers, one a great leader and the other either a rival or a helper. Were these two men the origin of these myths?

January 2018 photos of petroglyphs

In Washington State Park, in Missouri’s Ozarks

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That’s a thunderbird. Photos by Neal William Fandek