Friday, June 30, 2023

#13: The Inside Man by E Richard Johnson

Good cop Tony Lonto tries to clean up a lot of bad people in E. Richard Johnson's incredibly hard-boiled 60s crime novel The Inside Man.

Lonto has to go up against the criminal underworld and, reluctantly, bad eggs in his own department.

As tough-minded as any crime novel I've read, not surprising when I learned that Johnson had written primarily from behind bars, serving long sentences for robbery and murder.  Apparently his output from Stillwater Prison was short but explosive, so I will definitely be on the lookout for more of his work.

I got this surprisingly dark and tight outing from a mixed bundle of books and read it quickly on a camping trip.

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