If you do just one of the Blue Murders, read THE RED SCARF....it's one of
Brewer's best. 13 FRENCH STREET, though, is also very, very good. I would
highly recommend reading both if you have the opportunity and interest.
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> I recently read the Hard Case Crime reprint of Gil Brewer's /The
> Vengeful Virgin/ (it has a great cover painting too). I thought it was
> nicely paced and well written and a good length (I like 150-200 pagers).
> I've also just finished David Goodis's /The Wounded and the Slain/ (also
> Hard Case Crime). I found some of Goodis's language and detail a bit
> unlikely, and it made me groan a bit in places (for example, the
> dialogue in the fight scene toward the end is one that springs to mind,
> and does the way in which Goodies handles the baddy, Nathan Joyner, and
> his penchant for the green goddess). I didn't guess the ending though--I
> was anticipating something quite different.
> Anyway, I've gone back to Brewer and I currently have the Blue Murder
> double, /13 French Street/ and /The Red Scarf /on the go. I don't know
> if I'll tear through them both, or if I'll just do one then have a
> change, as I have a couple more Hard Case books on my recently acquired
> pile (Shepard Rifkin's /The Murder Vine/ and John Farris's /Baby Moll/)
> which brings me to the point of my post: does anyone have any particular
> recommendations in the Hard Case Crime series? If so, what are they?
> Also, does anybody know if Hard Case Crime has any particularly
> interesting titles in the pipeline?
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