Gil Brewer was one of the greatest of the pulp-era novelists. His stories were packed with raw passion and raw violence. His descriptions in his pulp novels were second to none. Most of his pulp novels took place in the swamps and waterways of Gulf Coast Florida and generally involved an ordinary guy in over his head, somehow convinced by a seductive temptress to commit murder/robbery/confidence games/etc. and then framed/betrayed by that woman. Often, his pulp novels feature a man on the run from the law for crimes he did not commit or did not think he committed.
77 Rue Paradis is a bit of a departure from Brewer’s norms. It is not a hardboiled crime novel. Rather, it is a bit of European espionage fiction, but told in Brewer’s own way as it also involves a man faced with betrayals and at the end of his rope.
The address in the title refers to an apartment in Marseille, France, where Frank Baron has sunk to. Baron is on his last dime, without...
"He met a gutter angel on the roadway to Hell."
"...this Marseilles street of despair, the street called Rue Paradis"
And, one more time, please: "Altogether for Frank Barron it was a small hell on the street called Paradise...."
1st edition: Gold Medal (Fawcett) #448 dates from December of 1954. Cover painting by James Meese is cleavagetastic.
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