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Ladies Man by Orrie Hitt
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Ladies Man

by Orrie Hitt

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Hitt is known as one of pulp fiction's most prolific writers of really seamy stuff - this 1957 book tells the tale of Nicky Weaver, on the run from a disastrous liaison which resulted in two deaths and a lot of intense scrutiny, and badly in need of some money. He goes to work for a small town radio station selling ads for the young, beautiful, alcoholic, nymphomaniac owner, who inherited the place from her dad. Then we have the beautiful bookkeeper, and the even more voluptuous woman who holds a $23,000 note on the station she could call in at any time - and since the owner can't pay it, something has to be done. Nicky has a plan - which just gets more and more extreme as he goes along - he isn't a nice guy, although he can come across sympathetically at times when he takes time to analyze something. The book, aside from the cookie cutter sex scenes with their repetitive descriptions of thrusting breasts and the like, is pretty well written, and the story will hold your interest. It is reminiscent of Dan J. Marlowe or some of John D. MacDonald's dark, pre-Travis McGee work. But Hitt doesn't seem to have his heart totally in it and lets some interesting threads go unexplored while heading for a conclusion he probably had in mind all along. I'm glad I finally got to read this writer, since his books in used book stores tend to be more than the $2 or $3 I'm usually willing to pay for this sort of thing. If you're interested, check it out at www.munseys.com (SORRY - Site is defunct), where it is available in just about any format you could want. ( )
  datrappert | Feb 12, 2010 |
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