- File Size: 479 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: PlanetMonk Books; 1.0 edition (March 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C1O72EU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Red-Headed Sinners (1953) (PlanetMonk Pulps Book 6) Kindle Edition
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The writing is at its best when describing the deputy's murderous rage. It just misses being really good because the plotting and psychological explanations are too simplistic and really fed to the reader. Craig is a really underrated writer and this novel really shows where his writing would eventually develop.
Jeff Stoner is a tough cop in "King City," (=Newark?) who gets kicked off the force for attempting to strangle a witness. He turns out to have a Serious Drinking Problem- his copious drinks are described in explicit detail, as are his frequent blackouts, which impede his attempts to solve the case he was working on, and redeem himself. He follows the trail pretty far, however- to a lesbian bar in NYC, and then a roadhouse in the Catskills where an "old-fashioned smoker" (stag movies and strippers) is underway.
The story is actually well told. The characters and the dialogue are believable, and the author avoids cliches. He played the 50s paperback game of packing in as much sex and suggestiveness as possible without crossing into pornography. What I could not accept, however, was the pulp psychology- Jeff Stoner's subconscious obsession with red-heads, and his uncontrollable urge to punish them. But if you think the good cop-bad cop formula in Alley Girl was too pat, check this one out. It is all bad cop.
Jeff Stoner had been a cop for twelve years and a good at that. But even he couldn't explain why he attacked and nearly killed a red-headed woman in an interrogation room at the police station. She wasn't wanted for anything, but was simply there to get a location of a boy friend, Piggy Ferris, wanted for a forty thousand dollar jewelry heist. When the matron stepped from the room, Jeff's hands ended up being peeled from around the redhead's throat.
It cost him his job as a cop.
But Jeff had a plan. Find Piggy Ferris and recover the jewels. That should get him his job back. Not to mention the good graces of his fiancee Marcia.
But Jeff had more problems than one. He drank too much and death followed him wherever he went. Someone, some thing, didn't want him saved.
An interesting novel, not Craig's best work by any means. But a satisfying read.