Friday, August 19, 2016

Forgotten Books, August 19, 2016

Fool's Gold, Dolores Hitchens

This was one of the books I read in anticipation of a panel in New Orleans. I think it is probably fairly indicative of the type of book found on spinner racks in the forties and fifties. The three main characters are all in school learning a trade. The girl (Karen), leaks the fact, that a man who rents a room in the house where she lives has a big stash of money in his room. One of her friends (Skip) immediately begins planning a theft and his friend, under his influence, agrees to help him. The girl is too gob-smacked over the boy to not go along with this.
Skip is too dumb not to tip his hand to bigger players and loses control of the job. The writing was good enough but I didn't quite believe that any of these kids, that sat behind desks at school in the daytime, and who largely came from decent families, would fall into this so easily. I am thinking this is just not my type of story. But it may be yours. Hitchens wrote many novels and the second I read I liked a lot more.

Sergio Angelini, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, John LeCarre
Les Blatt, MALICE IN WONDERLAND, Nicholas Blake
Brian Busby, GAMBLING WITH FIRE, David Montrose
Bill Crider, THE GOBLIN RESERVATION, Clifford Simak
Martin Edwards, THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL, John Dickson Carr
Curt Evans, ACEDIA, THE NOONDAY DEVIL Ursula Curtiss
Richard Horton, THE REBELLIOUS STARS, Isaac Asimov, AN EARTH GONE MAD, Roger Dee
Jerry House, THE BRASS RING, Lewis Padgett
Margot Kinberg, THE DINNER, Herman Koch
Kate Laity, THE DAIN CURSE, Dashiell Hammett
B.V. Lawson, SHE SHALL HAVE MURDER, Delano Ames
Steve Lewis, THE JEWELS THAT GOT AWAY, Gary Matterom
Todd Mason, FANTASTIC STORIES, 1971; Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1971
J.F. Norris, THE WOMAN ON THE ROOF, Helen Nielsen 
Mathew Paust, THE DISCOMFORT ZONE, Jonathan Frantzen
James Reasoner, THE CASE OF THE HESITANT HOSTESS, Erle Stanley Gardner
Richard Robinson, THE VIRGIN IN THE ICE, Ellis Peters
Gerard Saylor, U.S. WORLD WAR II AMPHIBIOUS TACTICS, Gordon Rottman
Kevin TIpple, THE END OF EVERYTHING, Megan Abbott
TomCat, THE JUDAS CAT, Dorothy Salisbury Davis; WINDS OF EVIL, Arthur Upfield
TracyK, Forgotten Books Not Yet Read


Charles Gramlich said...

Don't know that I've read anything by her

K. A. Laity said...

I've done a FFB for the first time in ages:

K. A. Laity said...

I've done a FFB for the first time in ages:

Jerry House said...

Mine's up now, Patti. THE BRASS RING by "Lewis Padgett" (Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Kate-that link is not taking me anywhere.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

That for the inclusion as ever Patti. I do want to read more Hitchens, having only ever tried one (and really liked it) - but OK, not this one then ...

Todd Mason said...
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TracyK said...

I have Fool's Gold in the Library of America collection Women Crime Writers. Too bad it is not so good. I am sure I will read it but I will try to find another one to start with.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It may just be me!

TracyK said...

It could be, but the premise did not appeal based on your description. I am sure I will read it eventually, just try something else of her's first.

Yvette said...

The link to BV Lawson's site isn't working, Patti.

Margot Kinberg said...

Sorry to hear you were disappointed in Fools Gold, Patti. But thanks for your candor. And thanks for including my post in this week's links. :-)