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The Bloody Bokhara

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Published 1951 by Dell
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Aug 18, 2012 L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Beware that my rating is way out of line with the average for this book, and rightly so. This is such a wonderful, old-fashioned romp of a "who done it!" It has solid characters & a real plot. Naturally, the love interest is a gorgeous blonde--the book was published in 1951. And of course Lee's family & ethnic circle, especially his father, are horrified that he would date, much less seriously consider a woman who is not Armenian. And here's the secret pleasure of this book. We tend to t ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
A great noir with a strong character as the first person narrator and a twisting plot filled with shady characters. Three things make this novel stand out from the standard book in the genre.

1) Violence shows up in the background of many characters; the Turkish killing program against Armenians and World War II. Lee, the narrator, has different, and sometimes surprising, reactions to the violence and death in the story.

2) Lee is a complex character. Sometimes he is bothered by the morals he lear
Aug 14, 2013 Betty rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, american
Set in Chicago (tho it took a few chapters to figure it out), this caper's unique twist is the Oriental rug business and Armenian immigrants. Other than that, it is pretty typical of the noir genre in the 50's, buxom blonde and all. Interesting example of the period. Recommended for 50's mystery buffs.
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Sep 09, 2015 Tim Blake rated it it was amazing
Far better than the cover art and general genre identification suggest; very interesting insights into Armenian-Americans too; excellent story that moves along smoothly; Gault was a very good writer, transcending the "thriller" and YA tags.
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William Campbell Gault (1910–1995) was a critically acclaimed pulp novelist. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he took seven years to graduate from high school. Though he was part of a juvenile gang, he wrote poetry in his spare time, signing it with a girl’s name lest one of his friends find it. He sold his first story in 1936, and built a great career writing for pulps like Paris Nights, Scarlet Adv ...more
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