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My Flesh Is Sweet
by Day Keene
Ad Connors, pulp writer, has been in Mexico grinding out his masterpiece. Fresh off a rejection by the Saturday Evening Post, he witnesses an auto accident. One of the drivers is a beautiful American woman who can't speak Spanish. Connors, fluent, steps in. Then, bamn, a lecherous Mexican general, a mysterious veiled women, a murdered Mexican lawyer, another murder buried ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Blackmask.com
(first published 1951)
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Sep 29, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it · review of another edition
About a third of the way into this novel our detective writer protagonist Ad Connors is holed up in a Mexican hotel and needs money to get back across the border before the Mexican police arrest or kill him. He calls his agent in New York and asks him to wire $50, a loan against future sales. The agent agrees but tells Ad to crank out a couple of manuscripts. So Ad snags a typewriter from a pawn shop, buys some paper, and heads back to the hotel room to start writing. The first night he cranks o ...more
Corn fresh from the cob. At least that's what Ad Connors, the pulp-writing hero of this enjoyably ridiculous noir calls one of his own stories. Still, this was fast paced, stylish, and if you're so inclined it'll keep you guessing, I had my fingers crossed for Ad and Eleana ("She was a little honey") - or was Mexico just a tequila-and-homicide-fuelled mistake? Isn't it always? I also loved the story about the time the side wall of Celeste's circus tent collapsed before she'd finished dressing (" ...more
Day Keene, whose real name was Gunnar Hjerstedt, was one of the leading paperback mystery writers of the 1950s. Along with writing over 50 novels, he also wrote for radio, television, movies, and pulp magazines. Often his stories were set in South Florida or swamp towns in Louisiana, and included a man wrongly accused and on the run, determined to clear his name.More about Day Keene...