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Park Avenue Tramp

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Published by Gold Medal (first published December 31st 2011)
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Aug 10, 2016 Bert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orgasmic
Seedy, grim and poetic, written with real class and a sense of bitter disappointment. Someone gimme a Martini.
Nov 09, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
I'm noting this book here even though I read it as part of the Stark House omnibus volume A Trio of Gold Medals (2007): ISBN 978933586144. The reason is, obviously, that I want to note the three novels separately.

According to Charles Kelly's introduction in the Stark House volume (which introduction I read after the novel, of course!), Flora's original title for this piece was Girl from Park Avenue. We can understand why the Gold Medal editor made the change -- the publisher was marketing its li
Although similar in theme and style to the late-1950s novels by Lawrence Block and Orrie Hitt, Flora's style here also has a lot of similarities to David Goodis. At times the narrative is more from within the characterizations as opposed to being description or armchair psychoanalysis and the style frequently gets poetic. Went on a bit at times with needless dialog and backstory rumination and that put me in speed-read mode for large chunks of the book, but I could say that about most of these ...more
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Fletcher Flora was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1914. Flora began writing soon after returning from World War II. His crime and mystery short stories and novels were published in magazines like Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mr., Cosmopolitan, and in Alfred Hitchcock’s mystery anthologies. He received the Cock Robin Mystery Award for his first hard cover novel, Killing Cousins in 1960. Flora wrote ...more
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