I just finished one of the new Hard Case titles, "No House Limit" by
Steve Fisher (1958).
It's a fast and fun read. I stayed up late, and read it in two
sittings. The story is set in a casino in Las Vegas. There's an
undercurrent of crime, but it's not really a crime or a
mystery. Just a good, fast-paced story, with lots of gambling
details and lore mixed in.
I wasn't overwhelmed by "I Wake Up Screaming," but this made me want
to explore more by Fisher. The endnote is written by one of his
sons, who reports that his father wrote 90 to 100 novels, over 900
short stories, and 120 movies or TV screenplays. The son reports
that, in 1946, the family lived three blocks from the house in which
Bugsy Siegel was killed.
P.S. I was disappointed by another recent Hard Case title, "The
Murderer Vine" by Shepard Rifkin. Starts out like a smart-aleck
private eye story, complete with girl friday, but ends up as a
whodunit, with too much jammed into the ending.
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