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James McKimmey was in almost the right place at almost the right time to be counted as one the great writers of noir’s greatest decade, the 1950s. Had he published his first book with Gold Medal in 1951 (as opposed to first appearing with Dell in 1958), McKimmey would be mentioned along with the likes of Charles Williams and Gil Brewer as one of the era’s best, and more than one of his novels (1962’s Squeeze Play) would have come back into print by now. The upside to this, however, is that McKim ...more
Cornered! is the third book I've read by James McKimmey and so far they've been great. This one is about a woman who, by identifying a suspect in a shooting, has put the guy on death row. As his execution gets closer he offers his half-brother the $50,000 in cash he's got hidden, if he will kill the woman who got him an appointment with the gas chamber before he's executed. But time is running out and the girl is already on the run.