RARA-AVIS: Squeeze Play

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 25 Apr 2005

I read SQUEEZE PLAY, by James McKimmey (1962, but I read last year's Fast Lane reprint). There was quite a bit of talk on the list about McKimmey when Mr. Guthrie did his special on him, which is all linked from this first chapter of the book:


The femme fatale is a bad, bad woman, pulling a big con at a casino. She can go from being a prim and refined secretary one minute to panting on a telephone to convince a helper she's barely able to restrain her sexual needs.

This is the second McKimmey book I've read, and I've liked them both. One thing that struck me about this one was its similarity to Jack Finney's books, except that here what's good in Finney's books has all turned rotten. The husband and wife aren't happily in love after years of marriage, instead their toddler son was killed in an accident, the wife is a lush, and the husband's lost his spirit. Still, the suburban and office life, the details of the planning for the crime, and a scene where a fawning underling quizzes the boss about the details of his rattan furniture are in the Finney style.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/

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