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by Dan J. Marlowe,Fletcher Flora,Charles Runyon,Introductions by Charles Kelly & Ed Gorman

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Dan J. Marlowe,Fletcher Flora,Charles Runyon,Introductions by Charles Kelly & Ed Gorman
ISBN: 1933586141
ISBN13: 978-1933586144
Language: English
Publisher: Stark House Press (October 15, 2007)
Pages: 400
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Park Avenue Tramp, the second book has characters that are exceptionally well developed and elicit great sympathy.

All three of these guys can write! I really loved Park Avenue Tramp with each chapter told from a different character's perspective. Park Avenue Tramp, the second book has characters that are exceptionally well developed and elicit great sympathy. Still, the writing is deft and characterizations rich. The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed is a bit misleading as it is seldom told from the killers' point of view.

Park Avenue Tramp, the second, is worth the price of the book

Park Avenue Tramp, the second, is worth the price of the book. It's short on plot, but beautiful characterizations, and the author really knew how to write a paragraph. Pretty much every character is totally depraved, and you keep waiting for one glimmer of hope. Marlowe's most famous book and his best-known character arrived from Fawcett Gold Medal Books in 1962 ("The Name of the aka Albert Avellano, Jaime Sandaval, Gar Wilson (house name). Dan J. Marlowe was a middle-aged businessman who, in the personal turmoil after the death of his wife of many years, decided to abandon his old life.

Are you sure you want to remove The Vengeance Man, Park Avenue Tramp, the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed from your list? The Vengeance Man, Park Avenue Tramp, the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed. A Trio of Gold Medals. by Fletcher Flora, Charles W. Runyon, Dan J. Marlowe. Published October 15, 2007 by Stark House Press.

Dan J. Marlowe; Fletcher Flora; Charles Runyon; Introductions by. .Park Avenue Tramp from 1958 tells the tragic story of an uptown girl and . Marlowe; Fletcher Flora; Charles Runyon; Introductions by Charles Kelly & Ed Gorman The Vengeance Man, Park Avenue Tramp, the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals. ISBN 13: 9781933586144. The Vengeance Man, Park Avenue Tramp, the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals. The Vengeance Man, from 1966, tells the ruthless story of a man who will do anything for power. Park Avenue Tramp from 1958 tells the tragic story of an uptown girl and a downtown pianist. The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed, originally published in 1965, is the shocking story of a small town serial killer.

Vengeance man; Flora, Fletcher, 1914-1969. Park Avenue tramp; Runyon, Charles . 1928- Prettiest girl I ever killed. Stark House noir classics"-Cover. The vengeance man, by Dan J. Marlowe - Park Avenue tramp, by Fletcher Flora - The prettiest girl I ever killed, by Charles Runyon.

The informative essay about Dan Marlowe tells us that his writing was so authentic . For the final novel, we have 1965’s THE PRETTIEST GIRL I EVER KILLED, considered Charles Runyon’s best.

The informative essay about Dan Marlowe tells us that his writing was so authentic, even criminals were fans. Now that’s a compliment, and 1966’s THE VENGEANCE MAN is considered his second-best book, behind THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH. To sum up VENGEANCE in three simple words: career of evil. Holding the middle slot of this monstrous effort is Fletcher Flora s aptly tilted 1958 novel PARK AVENUE TRAMP.

It's not purely a pretty murderess story or purely an amnesia tale or war story or poker story.

The Vengeance Man, Park Avenue Tramp, the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals. You have the pretty young wife and the drunken sod of a husband who she can't stand to spend another minute with and perhaps actually does something about it. You have a swampy, murderous small Southern town with all kinds of cheating and blackmailing and shenanigans. You have an amnesia victim in a sanitarium scheming how to get out. You have secret agents bent on outwitting nefarious characters. It's not purely a pretty murderess story or purely an amnesia tale or war story or poker story. I happen however to really enjoy Marlowe's writing.

Book Overview Someone falls into a well, another drowns, another is killed by an exploding stove.

Someone falls into a well, another drowns, another is killed by an exploding stove. Curt Friedland comes back to town to clear his brother of murder, convinced there is more to all these deaths than mere coincidence. Books related to The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed. Enlisting the aid of Velda, whose sister was supposedly murdered by Curt's brother, the two of them gradually begin to attract the attention of a very ingenious killer, a man well versed in the game of Death.

VENGEANCE MAN: Jim Wilson has a problem. His rich wife takes a fiendish pleasure in banging every guy in town. But Jim has a plan. He hires a detective to follow her. And the next time Mona steps out on him, he's ready. Because Jim is a man with a bigger plan than dealing with an unfaithful wife. Jim is thinking big he wants power, he wants respect, and if he can pull this one off, he just might be able to get it. Trouble is, the plan has to start with murder.

PARK AVENUE TRAMP: During one of her blackouts, Charity McAdams Farnese walks into a downtown bar named Duo's and into the life of Joe Doyle, second-rate piano player and a man with a bum heart. Yancy the bartender knows that she's trouble, a rich girl with an itch, but Joe won't listen. All he knows is that Charity wants to love him. But Charity has a husband Oliver Alton Farnese. Oliver is a creature of habit and allows Charity her flings. But when this fling turns serious, Oliver has his own way of dealing with the situation.

THE PRETTIEST GIRL I EVER KILLED: Accidents happen, but the town of Sherman seems to have more than its fair share of the fatal kind. Someone falls into a well, another drowns, another is killed by an exploding stove. Curt Friedland comes back to town to clear his brother of murder, convinced there is more to all these deaths than mere coincidence. Enlisting the aid of Velda, whose sister was supposedly murdered by Curt's brother, the two of them gradually begin to attract the attention of a very ingenious killer, a man well versed in the game of Death.

Comments to eBook The Vengeance Man / Park Avenue Tramp / the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals
Agarus
This Trio of Gold Medal paperback reprints definitely did make me want to read more by authors Dan J. Marlowe, Fletcher Flora and Charles Runyon. All three of these guys can write! I really loved Park Avenue Tramp with each chapter told from a different character's perspective. I love books like that, whether it's George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) or Jim Thompson's The Criminal or The Kill-Off. Park Avenue Tramp was reminiscent of despair master David Goodis at his best. The characters are so doomed and desperate for love it hurts, yet you can't help but root for them to find some small measure of happiness in their bleak existence. The Vengeance Man reminded me a lot of Thompson's Pop. 1280 and The Killer Inside Me; like them, it tells the story of a ruthless yet somehow likable redneck murderer in the first-person. The first few pages were pretty badly written; so hard to get into that I almost didn't bother to finish it (in fact, I saved it for last after making two aborted attempts), but I'm glad I came back to it because the story (and writing style) quickly warmed up and became red-hot after the first few clunky pages. The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed doesn't spend much time telling the story from the killer's perspective but it's still a fun whodunnit (and why) set in a sleepy redneck town. Unfortunately, the climax ends up being like a really good Lifetime Movie-of-the-Week (if there is such a thing) so I'd say that made it the weakest story of the three. Still enjoyable but not noir at all.

All three novels are fun reads but publisher Stark House needs to be reprimanded for their abysmal editing; typos are consistent throughout. For example, "be" is substituted for "he" and "clown" for "down," so you end up being yanked out of a perfectly good story by ridiculous lines like "be burned the house clown" instead of "he burned the house down." You also get lines like "the car turned the comer" instead of "...turned the corner" and "she angled the minor so I could get a look at myself" instead of "she angled the mirror..." This is my first Stark House book and the only thing that impressed me was their excellent choice of novels to reprint in this collection. I've been badly burned by Black Mask's series of reprints before (all horribly formatted with awful covers on top of all the typos!) so I was hoping for more from Stark House. Their books certainly look more professional, being nicely formatted and (mostly) sporting decent covers but so many typos makes me think twice about buying another book from them. Still, I'll probably give Stark House another chance. Wild to Possess / A Taste for Sin (Stark House Noir Classics) looks pretty cool...
RED
Stark House is to be commended for bringing out this compilation of noir fiction from the 1950's and 60's.

The first book, The Vengeance Man, is a 5 star effort with shamelessly selfish characters engaging in the typical noir web of intrigue that leads to bad outcomes at the end for all. The characters are well drawn, the dialog is tight, and the ending fully completes the circle drawn by the author.

I rate the second and third books 4 strong stars. Park Avenue Tramp, the second book has characters that are exceptionally well developed and elicit great sympathy. However, the plot borders on the melodramatic and is far too predictable. Still, the writing is deft and characterizations rich.

The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed is a bit misleading as it is seldom told from the killers' point of view. However, there is a heck of a plot here, which one can only appreciate at the end when it has all played out. Unfortunately, the characters are less well drawn than either the first two books.

All that said, this book was a great way to while away a rainy weekend.
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