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Bring Him Back Dead by Day Keene
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Bring Him Back Dead

by Day Keene

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Deputy Sheriff Latour patrolled a small town on the bayou, a town named "French Bayou." It was a "wide open" town and he may have been the only honest man left there. There were girls and gambling
and liquor everywhere. Latour had married a Russian girl when he was serving in the Far East. Probably a mistake to bring her back. She latched onto him because she thought he was going to be rich and he
thought he'd be rich, too. Her family had once been of nobility and he promised her the world. His land, however, had no oil. It was the only dry patch around. They could barely stand each other now.

One day, LaTour takes an old drunk and the drunk's pretty 17 year old redheaded wife Rita home. He wakes up surrounded by deputies and Rita positively identifies him as the man who brutally raped her and
shot her husband. Everyone in town thinks he did it and did the same thing to three other girls. Another pulp story about an innocent man on the run.

It's a great story told well. It doesn't matter
if the reader has all the clues before the end. What matters is that you get the sense of the small town in the bayou, the backwoods folk, and how much trouble it is to be decent in this rough and lonely world. I really enjoyed this story. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
This is a great pulpy novel with a nicely used gulf coast location. The action is convincing, the characters are complicated, and the twists are satisfying. I figured out the main mystery just a page or so before it was revealed which, for this reader, is perfect timing. The author, Day Keene, was a prolific writer of radio shows and pulp stories and novels, and I look forward to seeking him out on the paperback shelves in the future. If you like 1950s crime fiction, then this is for you.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2015/01/bring-him-back-dead-by-day-keene-1956.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Jan 18, 2015 |
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