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Wild to Possess/A Taste for Sin

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Two brisk-paced noirs from the golden age of the paperback, originally published 1959 and 1961.
Paperback, 283 pages
Published October 13th 2006 by Stark House Press
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Victor Whitman
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.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
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.
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.
Steve Malley
Noir doesn't get any more hard boiled than this. Check out Gil Brewer... if you've got the guts. ;)
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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