She was an expensive call girl and spending a night with her came high. But he never figured on a price as high as murder. The photograph did justice to her generous statistics. Any private eye would enjoy tracking her down, and Hal Darling was no exception. Her name was Marion Lodge. She’d put her impressive body to good use as a call girl before she’d dropped out of sighShe was an expensive call girl and spending a night with her came high. But he never figured on a price as high as murder. The photograph did justice to her generous statistics. Any private eye would enjoy tracking her down, and Hal Darling was no exception. Her name was Marion Lodge. She’d put her impressive body to good use as a call girl before she’d dropped out of sight almost a year before. Hal was being paid a fortune to find her. But someone else was also looking for Marion – with a knife. Hal had to get her fast, or the killer would strike first....
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strip for violence Reviews
Very pat -if not contrived- "trick" ending but if you've read a few vintage 1950s-1960s hard-boiled original paperbacks finding out "whodunnit" isn't your main objective.If you're like me you're probably more interested in the patter between characters and the use of slang of the era.This novel has that in spades!About this time the lights dimmed and Margrita came on. She was a tall blonde with a full figure, and a passable voice. She wore a transparent skirt that clouded up near her waist. As she moved about, you saw two shapely legs, and if you were lucky, the solid curve of her hips and ...well, I guess she wore a G-string or something.The lead character is Hal Darling -owner of a private investigations outfit in New York City. This isn't 77 Sunset Strip - Hal Darling owns what amounts to a rent-a-cop company. His employees - all retired heavyweight boxers- are hired out as guards to nightclubs and warehouses.Hal stands five feet, one inch and is a black belt in Judo or Jiu Jitsu. He can take a few punches and then kill an attacker with a shoulder flip, a talent that comes in handy on the case described in this book.Hal is hired by a U.S. postman to determine the origins of a sliver of stone. The postman swears it flew through the window of his 10th floor apartment, leaving a small hole in the glass and striking a vase across the room and breaking it into shards.There are lots of murders and quite a bit of mayhem and the entire time author Ed Lacy keeps it all going at a brisk pace.I really loved this novel but then I've always been an Ed Lacy fan. Haven't read one of his books in over 30 years and this one had me wondering what had kept me away.The only other authors I could compare Ed Lacy's writing to would be Jonathan Latimer or Bruno Fischer.Highest Recommendation!I own a copy of the original paperback of this novel but I read this via Kindle as purchased from Amazon. The outfit that issued this novel in e-book format is books.planetmonk.com and they have many other titles worthy of your time.
Ed Lacy (Len Zinberg) was an interesting, colorful figure. He was a World War II hero, published in The New Yorker and The New Republic, and then went on to a long run writing popular pulp novels. He was also blackballed during the 1950s and is credited for writing the first African-American private investigator novel for which he won an MWA Edgar Award. (My full profile of him appears at this link: http://www.mysteryfile.com/Lacy/Profi...). Strip for Violence is another misleading racy title his books seemed to have attracted, probably to gain more sales. What Strip for Violence really is is an entertaining tale of an unusual midget private eye named Hal Darling. Hal lives on a houseboat in New York City when he's not running his detective agency. This tale finds him pitted against a big shot thief and lots of stolen money at stake. Hal gets into frequent fights where he uses his slick judo moves to save himself. The prose style is a breezy, slangy, but readable hardboiled one. I had a lot of fun with this read, and I am also a big fan of the author.
STRIP FOR VIOLENCE is a multi faceted detective mystery that for some reason doesn't hit the mark. The pint size protagonist, while offering something a little different by virtue of his unassuming facade and skilled martial arts did seem to over compensate in order to don a Hammer like persona where Hal Mason, was really his own character, one prone to but not defined by violence. The mystery spans multiple compass points from the investigation of a rock thrown through a window, later turning to be a diamond, an inheritance chase down, and murder. All these are linked to form a broader spanning mystery yet the whodunit aspect was viod pretty early on. Ed Lacy has written some really good novels, this is mediocre but still worth a look for a light read.
My first Ed Lacy novel, and I enjoyed it. Whilst it may seem a little dated, the storyline is tight and fast, and the protagonist is a likeable PI, with flaws but also a good conscience.Yeah, I'll try some more of Lacy's work.
Hal Darling's a tiny private eye with an explosive short man's temper. He farms out ex-boxers to work as bouncers at cheap dance halls to supplement his income. This aspect of the story's pretty amusing and carries the book for awhile until it turns into a fairly average hardboiled dick yarn. When it reaches that point all the freshness of the book runs out, and so did my interest. Too bad!
A hard-boiled thriller set in New York where a call-girl disappears and Hal Darling, private investigator, starts to track her down.The pursuit leads him into all sorts of trouble but, unlike three others, he manages to stay alive and eventually solves the problems, as well as finding himself in love.
Another entertaining old-school pulp detective thriller.