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Sin for Me marked the thudding end of Gil Brewer’s seventeen-year career as an author of noir paperback originals (1951-1967). Conventional wisdom says that the 1950s were Brewer’s artistic glory years and that his 1960s output was spotty at best. More accurate is to say that Brewer was more prolific in the 1950s and therefore wrote more good novels in that decade. (He wrote more stinkers in the 1950s, too.) Sin for Me has all the elements of a top-tier Brewer novel patched together ineptly. A p ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Steven rated it did not like it
One of Brewer’s last books before he started writing knock-offs and TV Tie-ins under psuedonyms. The opening chapters are some of the worst writing I’ve read of Brewer’s but I skimmed ahead because at his best he is one of my favorite crime/noir writers. Written by anyone else, though, I would haver put this one down. Unfortunately it did not get better. Some of the action scenes are pretty good, with Brewer’s signature fast-paced yet descriptive style, but that’s the best I can say.
Florida writer Gil Brewer (1922-1983) was the author of dozens of wonderfully sleazy sex/crime adventure novels of the 1950's and 60's, including Backwoods Teaser and Nude on Thin Ice; some of them starring private eye Lee Baron (Wild) or the brothers Sam and Tate Morgan (The Bitch) . Gil Brewer, who had not previously published any novels, began to write for Gold Medal Paperbacks in 1950-51. ...moreMore about Gil Brewer...