Susan says: My friend Fred!


On November 1, 2006 (that’s today!), Point Blank Press is bringing back Fred Zackel‘s first novel, 1978’s Cocaine & Blue Eyes. The novel, which was made into a TV-movie in the early ’80s, has received critical acclaim over the years for creating a resurgence in the American private-eye novel.

Part of the Time magazine review from November 28, 1978, said:

“Drugs and thugs, a missing person and a backchatting investigator also
dominate Cocaine and Blue Eyes. Fred Zackel’s sprightly first novel, set
mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, combines the story of a Pacific
Heights dynasty, corporate shenanigans, Chinatown gangs, a spectrum of sex,
aging flower children, Mafia money and the houseboat life in Sausalito. The
result is as nerve-rattling as a full-throttle auto chase from Grant Avenue
to Fisherman’s Wharf.”

Congrats, Fred!! May your sales be amazing!

(copied from the e-mail I got from the Bowling Green Creative Writing Department listserve notice)



  1. Karen Mary Lynch

    November 1, 2006 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Bowling Green Creative Writing program. In my dreams I get a MFA on a campus as beautiful as that one!

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    November 1, 2006 8:28 pm

    Hey, you’re welcome!BR/BR/I never thought of the BG campus as particularly beautiful; too flat for that. But it’s a GREAT place to spend two years as a writer and the studio format of the program really supports getting a lot of work done.

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