RARA-AVIS: Re: Motel noir...

From: John Woolley (JohnWWoolley@comcast.net)
Date: 19 Jul 2009

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    In 1957 Evan Hunter, writing as Richard Marsten, did "Vanishing Ladies"
    (Perma-Books M3097) ("Original Mystery - Not a Reprint"). I haven't read it yet, but the cover is pure Motel Noir - evening light; a bad girl (a really good bad girl, if you take my meaning) in lipstick, heels, and not very much of a purple dress, cocking a hip; a gunman in a suit a few yards behind her; all backgrounded by just the kind of sleazy 50s motel we love, complete with spotlit "Vacancy" sign. The caption-blurb says "The motel was a front for crime and a setting for murder!", which strikes me as rather uncreative.


    - John Woolley

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