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The Cheaters by Orrie Hitt
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The Cheaters

by Orrie Hitt

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This is a sordid tale, undoubtedly quickly written, but for the most part well told. Clint has come to town with his longtime girlfriend and goes to work at a bar run by Charlie. Charlie of course has a beautiful wife with enormous breasts - pages are spent describing them - and there is a $150,000 insurance policy and a despicable corrupt cop in the picture too. The cop comes around every week collecting protection money from the bar owner, who lets prostitutes use the bar to ply their trade. In between the sex scenes, Hitt is still trying to tell a good, dark story, and he succeeds. Clint has a few qualms about the business with the prostitutes, but when the chance to buy the bar comes along, he takes it, and gets into a deeper mess than he could have foreseen. I won't say more, but if you're a fan of Hitt or this type of hardboiled novel, you'll enjoy it. Hitt's fictional world is like a more explicit, though slightly less perverse version of the world Charles Willeford created in Pick Up, the Woman Chaser, the Black Mass of Brother Springer, and other of his early works, with a protagonist you'll have a hard time developing much sympathy for. ( )
  datrappert | May 3, 2010 |
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