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Wild to Possess/A Taste for Sin

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WILD TO POSSESS

Lew Brookbank is running from his grief. His wife had left him for another man, and he had discovered them together--murdered. Drowning himself in gin, one night he stumbles across a parked car where a man and a woman are plotting the kidnapping and murder of the man's wife. At first he thinks he should turn them in, but there is some real money involved her
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Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 12th 2016 by Stark House Press (first published October 13th 2006)
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Richard Vialet
A collection of two of Gil Brewer's later books. The first, Wild To Possess is pretty meh, but the omnibus ends well by closing out with a great piece of pulp writing in A Taste for Sin! As usual, it's a great, collectible release from Stark House with a gorgeous cover and sturdy binding. It also has worthy extras as well, including three essays about the writer, with interesting insight on his life and writing, and excerpts from personal letters by the man himself.

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Andy
May 14, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it
Two top-notch offerings by the Bukowski stew-bum of noir, Gil Brewer.
Wild To Possess has more double crosses than any other crime book I've ever read. More twisted than a pretzel.
A Taste For Sin is a gin-soaked nightmare about an absinthe freak who falls for a teenage bride with a rape fetish. Sick! These books are more Russ Meyer than Raymond Chandler, so put away that trench coat and fedora, champ.
Bill Pronzini's on hand to provide an exhaustive bio on Mr. Brewer and as an added bonus his wid
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Victor Whitman
Apr 05, 2012 Victor Whitman rated it really liked it
Fast paced, to put it mildly. Gil Brewer wrote in the 50s and 60s, and it is clear from these hard-boiled crime novels he had no fear or internal censor. Not artistic or particularly plausible. Still very entertaining. Lots of this stuff reads like a first draft, and probably is. Apparently he could write a novel in six days and once wrote one over three days. Amazing.
Ed
Nov 09, 2008 Ed rated it it was amazing
Gil Brewer's noir WILD TO POSSESS probably ranks as one of his high-end B List efforts. Great steamy Florida setting and brilliant patches of prose make it quite readable and thus enjoyable for any noir lover.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
May 29, 2010 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
Two Gil Brewer novels in one book issued by Stark House Press. Here are two later novels of Brewer's which typify his style - obsession, lust and paranoia. It's nice to see Stark House bring two of Brewer's novels back to print. Both novels are very enjoyable, fast paced and satisfying. Also included are essays by Gregory Shepard, Bill Pronzini and Verlaine Brewer.
Steve Malley
Sep 19, 2011 Steve Malley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
Noir doesn't get any more hard boiled than this. Check out Gil Brewer... if you've got the guts. ;)
Michael
Jun 04, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Both novels in this collection are excellent. Brewer is very good at creating suspense, writing interesting plots and offbeat descriptions. Example: "Her name was Gloria. She looked as if she slept with dogs."
Main characters of both books are alcoholics and Brewer's words about drinking ring true and obviously come from inside knowledge on the subject.
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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. Brew ...more
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