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Ticket to Hell

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
"Ric was a man on a mission, a tall, slender guy in his early thirties with a hunger in his face as old as the earth itself. There was a strength about him that was undeniable, a readiness set to explode. Ric was a man well-chosen for the job of saving someone's life, even if it cost him his own. New Mexico was the Last Chance stop on the road - for Ric, for Handsome, for ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Creative Arts Book Company (first published 1959)
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Jeff
Jul 07, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
A Ticket To Hell (1959) Ric is an ex-convict who was falsely convicted by a judge who wanted his wife Anne. When Ric is released, he agrees to take the ransom for Anne and the fifty year old judge’s kidnapped baby. While holding the quarter million in his car and staying at a motel cabin in New Mexico, he intervenes in a domestic violence incident that almost neutralizes him as a courier. In the end, he risks his life saving the baby. He is shot and we don’t know if he’ll make it at the end as ...more
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Jul 07, 2014 Cbj rated it it was ok
A truly awful book written by a writer who seems to know nothing about the mileu. He is not even crafty enough to hide his lack of knowledge with punchy dialog and twists like other talented crime fiction writers. An irritating femme fatale and a hero who continuously mouths banalities does not help matters. I bought this book at a premium because Tarantino wanted to make a movie based on it pretty early in his career.

However, the first 30 pages are quite interesting thanks to some nice descrip
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Jun 21, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
Whittington was hailed as "king of the paperback originals," and this novel is a one-sitting hell-ride through the cheap motels and desert canyons of New Mexico. At times overwritten, but with great energy, some tight dialogue, a dame to kill for, and a few narative twists along the way.
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Fine one-sitting thriller with a clever plot.
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Shelves: noir, pulp
Motel-noir, a good one too.
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He also wrote under the names Ashley Carter, Harriet Kathryn Myers, and Blaine Stevens, Curt Colman, John Dexter, Tabor Evans, Whit Harrison, Kel Holland, Suzanne Stephens, Clay Stuart, Hondo Wells, Harry White, Hallam Whitney, Henri Whittier, J.X. Williams.

Harry Whittington (February 4, 1915–June 11, 1989) was an American mystery novelist and one of the original founders of the paperback novel. B
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