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Strange Embrace [and] 69 Barrow Street

by Lawrence Block

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Unfortunately, as products of their time, both of these books wind up with the "sexually deviant" women either committed, converted, killed or incarcerated. The books also have a surprising amount of racism included, which maybe wasn't so shocking in the 1960s, but I can't believe wasn't edited out considering these books were reissued a mere 2 years ago. ( )
  lemontwist | Jan 14, 2015 |
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Strange embrace : They say the show must go on--but in the case of Broadway's next sensation, A Touch of Squalor, someone s out to make sure the show never opens. And when threats don't do the trick, a straight razor to the throat just might. It s a case for the NYPD...but with a mysterious killer targeting his cast, producer Johnny Lane can't just wait in the wings. There's a Playbill full of suspects, giving Johnny the casting challenge of his career: who to put in the role of murderer, when the wrong call could bring down the curtain on his show--or his life! Published here for the first time in half a century--and the first time ever under the author's real name.69 Barrow Street : Greenwich Village: home to every form of depravity and perversion known to man or woman. It's on the streets of the Village that Ralph met Stella--but what started as a love affair between a painter and his seductive muse has become torment as he s found himself drawn into her world of cruel pleasures. It is a tinderbox of hatred and desire--and when beautiful Susan Rivers moves into their apartment building, tempting Ralph and Stella both, it's set to ignite. From dim waterfront bars to the movie houses of Times Square, from nights in rat-trap hotel rooms to drug-fueled orgies in ground-floor apartments, no one can bring 1960s New York to life like Edgar Award winner Lawrence Block. And in this early tale of psychological suspense, readers will discover a harrowing portrait of men and women pushed to their limits and beyond.… (more)

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