Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blood Oranges (Chamberlain Cotton) by H.A.L. Wagner

Chamberlain Cotton is a PI / bounty hunter in 1950s Florida. When his client gets killed he sets out to track down the bad guys, falling in a love in the process.
 If you write a new PI novel and set it in the pulp-era you really need to write a great book for me to like it. The danger of writing a pastiche is just too big.
This fast-paced little thing won't make my Top Five this year, but is absolutely a pleasant enough read. The pacing is great and it really feels like you're reading Black Mask Magazine. The prose is cracking, pulp-infested and to  the point. The action scenes were pretty exciting and well written. The mystery wasn't very interesting however and the whole story and protagonist lacked originality.
Read it if you long for the days of Manhunt! and Black Mask.


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