Friday, February 04, 2011

Forgotten Books: Backfire -- Dan J. Marlowe

Marty Donovan is a cop who happens to be in love with Lenore, his partner's wife. When the two cops can't crack a tough case, Lenore suggests a stakeout that's not approved the the department. Her husband is killed, and Marty begins a complicated cover-up as the tries to find the killer.

There's plenty of action and atmosphere, some nice old-time procedural details, and enough red herrings to keep you guessing about the outcome. While Backfire isn't up there with Marlowe's best work for Gold Medal (it reminded me a bit of his early Avon books), it's still an entertaining crime novel.


5 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Just received the Black Mask reprint from Amazon and am looking forward to reading it. You can also download as a free ebook from Munseys.com.

    Original copies of this book are going for $50 on abebooks compared to $11 for the reprint.

    Cam

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  2. I tracked down BACKFIRE after I read Dan J. Marlowe's THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH. I didn't know there was a Black Mask reprint.

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  3. Scott Cupp9:09 AM

    Wonderful stuff. I really love MArlowe's work.

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  4. Wonder if he got the idea from The Maltese Falcon?

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  5. Possible, but the cop's reason for finding the killer isn't loyalty to his partner so much as saving his own rear.

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