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Reno, 1938. A wide-open little town rife with an assortment of gangster/politicians running the gambling, prostitution, dope, and, of course, "easy divorce" rackets. San Francisco detective Shean Connell is hired to clear up a divorce case in the charming burg, but soon finds himself in the thick of a frame-up, after having the tip of his ear shot off while viewing the divReno, 1938. A wide-open little town rife with an assortment of gangster/politicians running the gambling, prostitution, dope, and, of course, "easy divorce" rackets. San Francisco detective Shean Connell is hired to clear up a divorce case in the charming burg, but soon finds himself in the thick of a frame-up, after having the tip of his ear shot off while viewing the divorcee's corpse in the local morgue! Originally published by Hillman-Curl as a "Clue Club Mystery" in 1938, 42 Days for Murder was the only novel published by Black Mask writer Roger Torrey during his lifetime. Torrey was one of the "mystery men" of the Mask (along with Paul Cain and several others), in that very little is known about his life, although, like his private eye hero Shean Connell, he was apparently an inveterate gambler, alcoholic and barrel-house piano player, and he supposedly died in the arms of his mistress somewhere in Florida in the late 1940s. In any event, he could write a hell of a hard-boiled tale, and aficionados of the genre will get a kick out of this fast-paced and complexly plotted novel....

Title : 42 days for murder
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ISBN : 30001664
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 206 Pages
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  • Tony
    2019-01-18 02:08

    42 DAYS FOR MURDER. (1938). Roger Torrey. **.Torrey was a short story writer whose works appeared regularly in “Black Mask” and other crime and detective magazines which were popular during the 1930s and 1940s. This was his only novel. I have not knowingly read any of his short works, but they had to be better written than this novel was. It featured a private detective, Shean Connell, who provided his services that covered a wide gamut of needs as seen by his clients. This story was set in Reno, Nevada, and, like the reputation of the city of the time, dealt with a divorce case. In order to receive a legal divorce from the state of Nevada, the wife – or husband – seeking one had to establish residence for six weeks; hence the ’42 Days’ in the title. I hate to say it, but this was truly dreadful writing. The story line proceeded as if the author was using string theory as his model. The cast of characters in this short work was enormous relative to the total length of the book. By the end of the book, I had no idea who was who or what was what. This novel was not ‘pulp fiction’ at its best.