Friday, February 22, 2013

#9: The Freeloaders by Ed Lacy

A struggling scriptwriter in Nice, France, finds his TV project going bust and is suddenly at loose ends; slowly, and then quickly, he falls in with a shady group of characters in Ed Lacy's The Freeloaders.

Ed Lacy was a prolific pulp fiction writers whose output I have always found interesting when I come across it.  This one I found for my beloved Kindle from Prologue Books.

This is a rollicking first-person story from the early 60s written in a rat-a-tat style that I found enjoyable. The narrator has a lot of sardonic observations about the time and place and there are some interesting crime threads running throughout, up to a rather chilling conclusion.

Recommended for pulp fiction fans.

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