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Vengeful Virgin [Mass Market Paperback]

Gil Brewer
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1 April 2007
What beautiful 18-year-old would want to spend her life taking care of an invalid? Not Shirley Angela. But that s the life she was trapped in until she met Jack. Now Shirley and Jack have a plan to put the old man out of his misery and walk away with a suitcase full of cash. But there s nothing like money to come between lovers money, and other women...
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843957700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843957709
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gil Brewer was the author of some of the best-selling paperback original crime novels of the 1950s. He broke into print with the legendary Gold Medal imprint in 1950, and produced a series of hits that included 13 French Street, The Red Scarf, A Killer Is Loose, and So Rich, So Dead. A number of movies have been based on Brewer's work, including 3-Way, starring Gina Gershon. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Ruxton is on a journey to hell 4 Jan 2009
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From the outset you know that Jack Ruxton is on a journey to hell. He latches on to the teenager Shirley Angela who is caring for her rich dying stepfather. Her life seems hell - it's as if she's just waiting for the rather unpleasant old boy to die. True, but Jack and Shirley decide to speed things up. He has a bit of expertise; it won't be easy, but there's a lot of money in Shirley's inheritance...

As with many noir stories, none of the characters are particularly likeable, but the writing is so mesmerising that you're quickly sucked in. Believable and tense with lashings of not too explicit sex, this is definitely worthy of being reprinted. But the title probably gives away at least one twist. Atmospheric cover which shows that the artist Gregory Manchess has read the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer bloody brilliance 23 Aug 2007
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This comes off as a fast-paced version of Jim Thompson's 'A Hell Of a Woman'... boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl destroys boy... and how! Brewer nails the complications of flat-out lustful behaviour, socking it to the reader with a combination one two punch, an upper cut to the jaw, and, just as you are windmilling to the wall he kicks you clean in the nuts. Pick this up, you won't put it down until you're done, and boy, you'll be done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virgin On Perfection 28 May 2007
By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE
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Isn't it great when you find a book that is just pure joy to read? Such is my experience with this wonderful crime story from pulp writer Gil Brewer. Originally published in 1958, it's been reissued under the excellent Hard Case Crime imprint.

This is a tale of greed and lust. Jack Ruxton is a television repair man. He visits the home of the wealthy, but ailing Victor Spondell who is being nursed by his very attractive 18-year-old stepdaughter, Shirley Angela. Naturally, Ruxton and Shirley fall for each other. If only Victor would just hurry up and die, they would be able to be together. They would also be very rich. A plan is hatched to make their dreams come true.

It's an enthralling story and brilliantly written. There is no verbiage. The story is told in the first person from Ruxton's point of view and is related in colourfully punchy prose that will keep you turning the pages. The characters are not particularly likeable. Perhaps this is self-evident given that the male and female leads are plotting murder. But even their victim comes across as quite unpleasant. It's unusual, for me at least, to enjoy a novel where most of the characters are so unsympathetic. It's also unusual to read a novel that has such a small cast of characters.

Although almost fifty years old, this is my favourite novel of 2007 so far. If you enjoy a good crime story, this should not be missed. It's quite short at 220 pages and the story moves along very quickly towards its stunning conclusion.

The cover art also deserves a mention. Hard Case Crime have some excellent cover paintings gracing their novels, and `The Vengeful Virgin' is no exception. Utterly superb.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Noir 7 Mar 2008
By TKr
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Now here is a real gem: a nice, fast paced well written noir story about a guy who falls for a young girl with whom he conspires to murder. Things get out of hand and you have sex and violence all ovr the place. It's a gritty story, sexually very explicit for the 50s and in the vein of James M. Cain. Very, very good!
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