Friday, May 23, 2008

Forgotten Books: REVENGE -- Jack Ehrlich

This book might not be in a class by itself, but, as Bum Phillips would say, it doesn't take very long to call the roll. For me, it's up there with The Killer Inside Me and The Vengeance Man. Like those novels, this one's narrated by a guy who's clearly off the rails, a man who knows "how to right the wrongs, his own way, a way no one else would ever approve of, or understand." Ehrlich wrote a series of novels about a parole officer named Flick, and those aren't bad, but this is the one you want to read. Or, if not this one, Bloody Vengeance, a novel with a similar theme, about vigilante cops. I didn't know when I read it if Ehrlich was serious, and I still don't, but it's well worth looking for if you don't have it on your shelves.

16 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:06 AM

    The Flick books were OK but this sounds much better.

    Now I have to go find a copy. If it's in the same class as The Killer Inside Me, can't be bad.

    Jeff M.

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  2. Anonymous8:11 AM

    The other title is Bloody Vengeance, not Revenge, I believe.

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  3. Thanks. Sometimes my fingers don't obey my keen brain.

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  4. I took your advice and just ordered it off eBay. See how influential you are?

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  5. Now I'm afraid you'll hate it.

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  6. If I do, well, let's just say the book is appropriately titled.

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  7. I'm never sure if it's the covers or stories inside that you like more. Thanks again.

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  8. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Bill, next time recommend a book that's not $15 on abe!!! How do I getinon this recommended book deal?

    RJR

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  9. Anonymous3:11 PM

    I read The Gun in The Pulpit (a western) and Slow Burn. What were the other Flick books?

    RJR

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  10. Bob, the other Flick books are The Girl Cage; Cry, Baby; and Slow Burn.

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  11. Forgot to mention that I wrote the article on Ehrlich's westerns for 20th Century Western Writers, and I liked all of them.

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  12. And I liked the one Ehrlich Western I read, can't remember the title, The Fastest Gun in the Pulpit or something to that effect, about a lone gun masquerading as a priest.

    Someone should set up a Western counterpart of Hard Case Crime. Hard Case Western? How'd you like that, pardners?

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  13. Oh, Bob already mentioned it.

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  14. Damn.

    I read this maybe 35 years ago. Now i gotta get back to it.

    Thanks, Bill

    DS

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