Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"One for Hell" by Jada M. Davis

When it came, out of the dark, he didn't know what had happened. Not at first. One second he was walking along--and then the world caved in. He was on his back, looking at stars. The right side of his face felt numb, crushed, broken.

Just finished this book, a Stark House noir classic by Jada M. Davis. One reviewer called it "dark, raw and ugly, even shocking--but dangerously good."... Agreed, for the most part. Originally published in 1952 and set in a corrupt Texas oil town, it drips with atmosphere, the characters and plot strong, the writing solid. This one's about as dark as you get. Which warms my heart. Good stuff.

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