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Fires That Destroy

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Bernice tried to live twice, by bringing death to one man so that she could live with another. Instead of the paradise she sought, Bernice found herself in an unholy hell, married to the devil. Lloyd’s death did not free her, did not make her happy; but now that she was with Carlos she knew who she was at last, and she accepted it. Bernice was the great-grandmother of ever ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Black Lizard Books (first published 1951)
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After Bernice pushes her blind boss down the stairs and gets away with his murder and the $25,000 he'd hidden in a book, you don't really think it will end well do you? So desperate to be desired the way the beautiful girls in the office are, she falls for the first pretty-boy who flatters her, and off to Florida they go to get married and spend her murder-money. But what drives this quite different noir is that Whittington narrates it from Bernice's perspective, always moving the story forward ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gigolo watchers
Shelves: pulp-fiction
A mousy secretary kills her blind boss after discovering the hidden money in his library. After a half-assed make-over she falls for a creepy teller who sounds like Spencer from "The Hills". He's described as green eyed and golden haired, as monetary a description of male beauty you'll ever read.
Of course he's a piece of gigolo hustler trash and can't seal the deal between his legs with her. It only gets sicker and sicker!
Oct 20, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it

I've never hated a character more than Carlos.

Some truly desperate and sad individuals here.
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Feb 26, 2015 James Farinelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A New Writer from the Past to Explore

Really enjoyed this old-fashioned novel that may have been ahead of its time. Looking forward to reading his other works. Give this one a try.....don't think you'll be disappointed.
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May 25, 2015 Devi Dahl rated it really liked it
This story switches direction abruptly, and the main character is a fascinating woman who transforms her persona throughout the book. Another pulp masterpiece from Harry Wittington.
Apr 28, 2012 Adrien rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp-crime
Whittington know how to keep you turning pages. No fat, no filler. Bernice got away wit the perfect crime, or did she? Now she's caught in a hellish loop of obsessive love and quenched desire. She comes to a bad end but finally gets what she she's always wanted.
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He also wrote under the names Ashley Carter, Harriet Kathryn Myers, and Blaine Stevens, Curt Colman, John Dexter, Tabor Evans, Whit Harrison, Kel Holland, Suzanne Stephens, Clay Stuart, Hondo Wells, Harry White, Hallam Whitney, Henri Whittier, J.X. Williams.

Harry Whittington (February 4, 1915–June 11, 1989) was an American mystery novelist and one of the original founders of the paperback novel. B
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