I figured it out. It's Stain of Suspicion by Charles Williams.
And since Raymond Tait was kind enough to give the book to me, if you haven't read it, I'd be glad to send it to you. All I need is an address.
On 9/3/2010 1:41 PM, Ron Clinton wrote:
> Joy, I would very, very much like to know the title of that book -- thanks!
> I recently picked up two other Motel Noir (TM) books and devoured them
> both...DEATH'S SWEET SONG by Clifton Adams (a tough book to find!), and
> ROADSIDE NIGHT by Nistler and Broderick. I'd love to have another one to
> add to my growing list of Motel Noir (TM) books...
> Thanks again,
> Ron C.
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>> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: John Rector's THE COLD KISS...
>> I compared it with Sean Doolittle's Cleanup, actually. The voice, the
>> predicament, a sorta femme fatale involved---a guy who's had some
>> problems and is trying to do all the right things in a mundane way and
>> then, a baby-step at a time, despite all his good intentions, the
>> situation just unravels.
>> I liked them both a lot.
>> PS, Ron: I recently read a book situated in a deteriorating motel in
>> Florida with a protagonist who's a San Francisco ex-cop passing through
>> town. It's an old book, circa 1950s; if this seems to fit your
>> specialty, remind me, and I'll look it up.
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