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The Vengeance Man

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Nobody laughs at me and gets away with it.

Not even my cheating wife—a couple of bullets through the guts took care of her.

Not even the crooked senator.

Not even the blackmailing lesbian.
Not even the extortionist who'd taken the incriminating pictures.

But there were still some wise guys left who really believed they could kill me before I kill them. That's what damn fools ar
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 10th 1988 by Creative Arts Book Company (first published January 1st 1966)
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Steve
Sep 22, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The gun went off by itself, five times."

Yeah, this is as hard-boiled as it gets. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is the lack of believable character motivation after a piece of rough (and shocking) motel justice in the opening pages. That justice is dispensed by tough guy, and road contractor, Jim Wilson. The object, Mona, is Wilson's trashy cheating wife. She's also the daughter of the town's Mr. Big. So Wilson better be careful. But Wilson's got a plan. He's a man of plans. And if
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Mark
Dec 07, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Best read in one sitting, THE VENGEANCE MAN is a nasty little Gold Medal bon-bon. Beyond the genre trappings (revenge, femme fatale, tough guys good and bad) what's most interesting to me is how this short novel starts out "hard-boiled" (classically, a ruthless man out for gain or revenge) but then shifts to "noir" (classically, everything goes wrong for a protagonist because of how decisions, usually involving women, are made). Additionally this novel offers some great insight into small-town ...more
Matt Sears
Jun 29, 2010 Matt Sears rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir, pulp
“Nobody laughs at me and gets away with it.

Not even my cheating wife—a couple of bullets through the guts took care of her.

Not even the crooked senator.

Not even the blackmailing lesbian.

Not even the extortionist who'd taken the incriminating pictures.

But there were still some wise guys left who really believed they could kill me before I kill them. That's what damn fools are made of...” –The Back Cover

Original printing 1962, this is a 1974 reprint. 9fc cover price, 191 pages

Dan J. Marlowe’s The
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Steven
Sep 28, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it
Jim Wilson, our first person narrator, is a sociopath, but he is not pretending to be a rube as the sociopathic narrators in Jim Thompson novels do. As the novel begins he is waiting for a private detective to call and tell him in which hotel and room he can find his cheating wife. Then he carefully sets it up to look like a crime of passion before going to the hotel and killing her in cold blood. Then he tells us how he is going to beat the rap at the inquest, and he does. And then he takes ...more
George
Mar 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
In this novel, my fourth by Dan J. Marlowe, we don't have bank robberies, muggers and stuff, but a man who kills his cheating wife and get away with it. And not only that... OK, i don't think that is as good as the first two Earl Drake novels, but is still gritty, hard-boiled and noir. The prose is amazing, the plot interesting and the narrator a sociopath guy like a Jim Thompson's character. If you'are a fan of pulp fiction, you'll find a treasure here!

Ελληνικά:

"Ο εκδικητής", εκδόσεις Άγκυρα.

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John
Nov 04, 2013 John rated it liked it
I read this as part of the Stark House three-in-one volume A Trio of Gold Medals, ISBN 978-933586-14-4. I'm noting it here, though, because I'll be wanting to note the other two novels in that volume separately.

What you have to remember at the outset is that all but one of the major and supporting characters in this tale are vile; the only one who isn't, so far as I recall, is the legal secretary who's the mistress of the main protagonist and narrator, Jim Wilson. He's half of a small-time const
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Larry
Jul 05, 2015 Larry rated it did not like it
I love crime fiction and have read hundreds of novels in the genre from the greats (Hammett, Chander, etc) to the also rans (Woolrich, MacDonald, Goodis, etc)) to the fun trash writers (Rabe, Hamilton, etc). I had read good things about this book, and interesting things about the author's colorful life.
But this novel was so bad that it was bad. There is no style to the prose. It is simply typing. None of the characters can be taken seriously at any level. Neither can the plot.
The is quite poss
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aka Albert Avellano, Jaime Sandaval, Gar Wilson (house name)

Dan J. Marlowe was a middle-aged businessman who, in the personal turmoil after the death of his wife of many years, decided to abandon his old life. He started writing, and his first novel was published when he was 45.

Marlowe's most famous book and his best-known character arrived from Fawcett Gold Medal Books in 1962 ("The Name of the
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