RARA-AVIS: Branded Woman by Wade Miller

From: Darrell Grizzle ( gratefulbear@comcast.net)
Date: 14 Jul 2005

I just finished reading "Branded Woman" by Wade Miller, recently released from Hard Case Crime. This reprint of a 1952 crime noir novel, from the writing team of Robert Wade and William Miller, is good clean fun. Well, maybe not "clean," but definitely fun. It's a story of revenge and betrayal in a world of amoral gold smugglers, with plenty of plot twists and surprises. The lead character, a beautiful young femme fatale (pictured on the gloriously lurid cover), is surprisingly complex for a "pulp" novel. If this story were made into a movie (as the authors' "Touch of Evil" was), it should be in black and white, with someone like a young Barbara Stanwyck playing the lead.

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