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Strip For Violence [Kindle Edition]

Ed Lacy
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Book Description

She was an expensive call girl and spending a night with her came high. But he never figured on a price as high as murder.
The photograph did justice to her generous statistics. Any private eye would enjoy tracking her down, and Hal Darling was no exception.
Her name was Marion Lodge. She'd put her impressive body to good use as a call girl before she'd dropped out of sight almost a year before. Hal was being paid a fortune to find her.
But someone else was also looking for Marion—with a knife. Hal had to get her fast, or the killer would strike first.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1596544295
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grotto Pulp (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ed lacy is a good writer 5 Mar. 2014
By Stevem
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the book covers and titles have nothing to do with the plots....
his books seem varied in plot, tone and setting
it's a shame that he seems to have been pigeon holed in this way
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Mickey Spillane 21 Feb. 2010
By G. P. Falk - Published on
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I tried this Ed Lacy book. I was looking for pulp detective fiction. I knew this was dated, but I thought it could be a good detective noir story. Only, after getting halfway through I didn't care what happened. I love Dashiel Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross McDonald, and the genre. This was a failure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay pulp detective caper 7 Sept. 2013
By LIBRARIAN - Published on
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Anyone picking up a cheap, pulp detective novel from the early fifties should do so knowing that most are Hammett, Chandler, and Spillane wannabes AND that most will NOT come close to measuring up to them. So if one approaches this Ed Lacy novel with "realistic" expectations (which is to say somewhere between "low" and "much lower"), one will probably not be disappointed by it. It is what it is--and what it is isn't necessarily all that bad.

The story involves a vertically-challenged (as in "short") but tough private eye, who is more comfortable selling protection than handling a murder investigation, and who suddenly finds his life and the lives of the people (primarily pretty women) around him in danger because of a seemingly innocuous case he is working on. After a shooting or two, a particularly brutal murder of a young female acquaintance, a police sergeant who does not take kindly to private investigators, a ransacked office, a rather remarkable bullet, several more murders, much tough and smart-alecky talk, some hidden money, marked bills, and some less-than-brilliant detection, the culprit is finally revealed, dramatically confronted and appropriately dispatched so that our hero (nearly beaten to a pulp in the process) can recover in the loving arms of the one gorgeous gal who didn't get killed along the way; all this in three very busy days!

These are pretty standard ingredients of 60-year-old paperback pulp detective fiction, tales which are typically hardboiled, violent, and sexist, but nevertheless entertaining to their presumably male readership (but probably NOT as enjoyable to those of either sex who prefer reading something higher up the literary food chain). Nevertheless, though it's certainly not great, nor even good, literature, I still enjoyed reading it and will probably read other works by Ed Lacy from time to time for some additional mindless, escapist entertainment. But because I don't consider such books "keepers" to be read, archived in the cloud, and later re-read, I will go to to obtain them temporarily and for free (as I did this one). A buck, however, is certainly a fair price for anyone who desires the convenience of directly and immediately acquiring this book from the Kindle Store.

FYI: Readers who enjoyed this book may also wish to consider "Night Squad" by David Goodis, also a public domain freebie at and $.99 in the Kindle Store. Sharing many story-elements with this book, and with the same "feel," it has received many positive reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Giving me a big choice, but I'll take the stone deal, Hal ... Darling." 8 Jan. 2015
By Christopher (o.d.c.) - Published on
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This is a one-shot PI novel about a pint-sized guy with a small security firm, and the teenage secretary who loves him:

... She came over and sat on my bunk, stared at me with big sad eyes. There wasn't any liquor on her breath.
"Why don't you stop with this big-brother act? Hal, am I poison, that hard to take?" There was a serious, pathetic quality to her voice - this was my big day with the gals! And for a fast moment I asked myself why I was playing the brother clown, Anita was young, pretty, and burning up ... But my so-called better sense kept warning ... lay off!
"Don't start that, Anita. You're not hard to take, on the contrary you're - Hell, baby, you're a kid. We'd only end up in a mess. I like you; if I didn't I wouldn't worry about hurting you or ... "

Do I need to say it? Pure man-tasy. For a short guy, Hal Darling does quite well- four propositions overall (two accepted, two declined). The 'stone deal,' a piece of rock which crashes through a postman's window, develops into a somewhat gimmicky but not implausible mystery.

I liked it better than either Breathe No More My Lady or The Men From the Boys. Nonetheless, I may wait a while before taking up another Ed Lacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in small packages. 19 Jun. 2014
By Chinky Malankis - Published on
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Forget the lurid title. This is a well written, fast moving hardboiled detective novel. Very noir, very New York. Plot is not up to Ed Lacy' s best, but good enough. Hero is undersized but tough as they come.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Lacy was a terrific pulp writer 7 Mar. 2015
By Michael Church - Published on
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Ed Lacy was a terrific pulp writer. His best work features well-rendered characters and a gently-expressed concern for social justice. New York of the early 50s comes through loud and clear in his stories, including this one about a PI who lives on a houseboat and makes a living providing security guards for nightclubs. It's a quick, fun, mildly moody read.

That said, "Strip for Violence" isn't Lacy's most creative work. The characters are unremarkable. The dialogue was probably a little stilted when it was written, and hasn't gotten better with age. Still, the story moves along quickly, and the narrator has an engaging voice.

All told, well worth the rock-bottom Kindle price.
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