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Pardon My Body

2.73  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From the moment Dale's headlights hit the nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut highway, trouble moved right in on him--and stayed there.Gunmen, straight coppers and crooked coppers, luscious bedtime lovelies and the fabulous mystery of the Task Force dagger deaths...Bogard cracks his way through it all to the most breathless showdown ever.
Paperback, Harlequin Romance #147, 186 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published 1951)
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Sep 01, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I shouldn't have read the Goodreads readers' reviews first, because most people did not like this book very much. It seemed like a fun 1950's noir mystery to me. I will agree that the main character, Dale, who is now an unemployed ex-newspaper man, is way too tough for that career. The other big criticism is that because the author is English he doesn't get the 1950s American crime scene and dialogue correct, which I disagree with. People are being killed and Dale gets involved, trying to figure ...more
Dec 11, 2009 Eric rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, 2009
Believe me, journalists aren't very tough. They drink a lot, they smell funny, and they dress badly. But I've never met a reporter I would describe as tough. The protagonist of Pardon My Body is an ex-newspaperman who butts heads with crooked cops, murderous gold diggers, and nasty musclemen. Pure fantasy! Another odd little book from the vaults of Harlequin.

Jun 25, 2013 Glen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Seems like a British author tried to knock off an American hard boiled mystery without any real idea of how to make one work. While the starting premise is interesting, it goes off the rails all too soon.
Dec 22, 2014 Leticia rated it it was ok
This is a fun, trashy 1950s journalist-hunts-baddies romp. Filled with sensuous women, one - dimensional characters and a fairly convoluted story, don't expect much of this book. It's pretty bad even for total trash, but as far as junk food for the mind goes, it totally delivers.
Nov 22, 2009 Jena rated it it was amazing
A great little hard-boiled detective book. Now I am going to have to read all of the Harlequin Vintage collection. It is a tight, neat short story with a great ending that I never saw coming.
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Sep 27, 2012 Shin Machine rated it did not like it
do not bother reading this novel. There is not a single character anyone would like and the mystery is not very exciting.
Jun 10, 2010 Andy rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-novel
Fairly lousy mystery by British writer trying to write in an American style, and mostly failing. This one could have stayed out of print.
Jan 10, 2010 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: noirboiled
This is not a faithful reprint of the original novel but a bowdlerization. You should boycott this book.
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Gool old Hard Case Crime.
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