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The Girl from Hateville

2.58  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Originally published as The Angry Dream.
160 pages
Published 1958 by Zenith (first published 1957)
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Jun 09, 2009 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: noirboiled
The Girl from Hateville reads like the outline of a Gil Brewer novel--the outline of a bad Gil Brewer novel. The narrative is so thin that it often feels like there are paragraphs missing. In one paragraph, Al Harper, the novel's narrator, will be standing in his house, and in the next paragraph he will suddenly be in his car. Or, in the course of a conversation, a character will "repeat" something that no one has previously said. (It makes me wonder if some text got lost when the original hardb ...more
May 04, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al Harper is back in Pine Springs. Eight years ago he left town to get away from his father, Cy, the local banker and predatory lender. Some while later he heard that Cy had hanged himself, but not before clearing the cash out of the bank's strongroom and hiding it somewhere it's never been found. Just about all the locals were economically devastated. Small wonder that, illogical though it might be, they're unanimous in making it plain to Al as soon as he arrives that they hate his guts and ...more
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Oct 22, 2016 Manuel Antão rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
My first Gil Brewer.

I'm having a Pulp Writers binge right now, and I've always wanted to read him. What better time than now?

The best Noir can be a far more intoxicating experience than I can find reading almost any other kind of Crime Fiction. Why? Well, I think it's because it exposes truths about the human condition that other types of Crime fiction barely hints at. There’s a fullness in the best noir fiction that’s almost impossible to find elsewhere in genre fiction.

The narrative here is so
Oct 03, 2015 Steven rated it did not like it
This one is such a mess it is almost incomprehensible how it got published in this fashion. Even if it is a one of Brewer's first-draft-written-in-three-days novels, the lack of editing is astounding. The basic plot line is that Al Harper returns to his home town after being away for eight years only to find that everyone hates him because his father, the town's banker, apparently cleaned out the bank vault with everyone's savings before committing suicide and leaving everyone to default on ...more
May 20, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok
Okay, this is not a great novel, but I hesitate to lay the blame squarely at the feet of Gil Brewer since I suspect it's as much the result of a hatchet job by some hack editor at a publishing house that hadn't published Brewer before and never would again.

I would also add that bad Brewer is still be better than bad Harry Whittington, who was his contemporary and wrote for some of the same imprints.
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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. ...more
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