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Carny Kill

Carny Kill A masterpiece of lurid menace from the underbelly of the South On his first day working for Cochrane s carny Thaxton found that his new boss was married to his ex wife On the second day he found his

  • Title: Carny Kill
  • Author: Robert Edmond Alter
  • ISBN: 0008873900
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • A masterpiece of lurid menace from the underbelly of the South.On his first day working for Cochrane s carny, Thaxton found that his new boss was married to his ex wife On the second day he found his boss s body with one of May s throwing knives planted firmly in its chest.With its impeccably rendered carnival setting and its deliriously crooked array of spielers, luck A masterpiece of lurid menace from the underbelly of the South.On his first day working for Cochrane s carny, Thaxton found that his new boss was married to his ex wife On the second day he found his boss s body with one of May s throwing knives planted firmly in its chest.With its impeccably rendered carnival setting and its deliriously crooked array of spielers, luck boys, and dancing girls with indecent hips and sub zero hearts, Carny Kill is crime fiction at its most devious and pungent.

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    1. Robert Edmond Alter

      Robert Edmond Alter is remembered chiefly for two novels, paperback originals from the 1960s Swamp Sister 1961 and Carny Kill 1966 He also wrote children s novels and sold stories to some of the top magazines of his day, including the Saturday Evening Post Alter died suddenly at the age of 40 some sources state it was Cancer Some of his later works were published for the first time many years after his death He was survived by his wife, Maxine and his daughter Sand.

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    1. Enjoyable little fast-paced crime thriller from 1966 in the tradition of Gil Brewer, Harry Whittington, or Dan Marlowe.This isn’t high-lit but it’s fun.It was one of those tourist traps that have turned the coast of Florida into a glittering facade. They hide the naked sight of the hundreds of thousands of voracious cash registers behind the tinsel The place was on the outskirts, on the tidelands, where acreage is cheap. It was a big, bristling, brawling take-off on the Disneyland idea out i [...]


    2. Apparently Robert Alter spent most of his too short life writing children's books, and it was only toward the end of his forty years on Earth that he started writing crime novels. And that, my friends, is a damned shame, based on this book which was published the year of his death.



    3. It was a great read. It's narrated by a carny named Thax, who gets a job in a Florida amusement park and then discovers his ex-wife, a knife-thrower, is married to the owner. The next day, the owner is murdered and all the clues, too many, actually, point to her as the killer. It's an obvious frame, but who really did it, and why the phoney frame-up?In very short order, other people are killed, too. The police don't really think Thax is the killer, but he feels like he'd better figure it all out [...]


    4. Dude with fast mouth and faster hands finds work as a carny, has existential crisis, solves some murders: news at 11!Probably closer to 3.5 stars than 4, but I rounded up for the noiry goodness of the writing. The plot was fairly predictable, but I liked the setting and the weird philosophical bent.


    5. The weirdest thing is that the author wrote 14 children's books (apparently all out of print now). Didn't realize till I was done and read his bio at the back. Makes sense now though - seemingly random literary allusions scattered throughout the book, everything from Treasure Island to Saint-Exupery. Otherwise, the book reads like one of Jim Thompson's milder novels.




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