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Web of Murder

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""She'd be better off dead!" Laura cried. "She's too rich, she's too fat. She chews her bank account as a cow chews its cud!" I stared at Laura for a long moment. "Yes," I said slowly, "You're right - she would be better off dead. And you and I will see to it that she is." Laura moved toward me. "Then, all that money will be ours.""
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 18th 1987 by Creative Arts Book Company (first published 1958)
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Ed
Actually this is a re-read. Goodreads doesn't offer a button choice to indictate thus.

Mr. Whittington wrote a bunch of noirs. This one is generally acknowledged as his cream of the crop. It reminds me of Westlake's early noirs.

Andrew Vachss
Probably the best plotter of all the Gold Medal-era guys.
Frank Jude
Ah, the twisted joys of the noir roman, or as we might say in the US, the "dime store pulp novel," though there are no more dime stores, are there? A "genre" of crime fiction related to the "hard-boiled" detective literature, but generally told more from the criminal's perspective, these novels are american existentialism at it's best and down-dirty!

Harry Whittington's story of how he became a writer is worth reading for a glimpse into another time; the glory days of the "pulps" which generally
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Sloweducation
Clever Cain-inflected Gold Medal noir thriller. Can the plot in which a "perfect murder" is planned in the first half of the book and unravels in the second half ever grow stale? Whittington knows that economy is the key to suspense. This book kicks down the door and takes off at a race. The perfect murder in this case could have been planned out better - as Whittington brings up late in the book, how could Charley expect to get Cora's money after she divorced him? But the ending is particularly ...more
Mike
Nasty, brutish and short, just like a good noir should be.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Out of the ten or so of Whittington's novels I've read, I would put this one as the best of the bunch. Nice building of tension to a terrific ending.
Alison
Light, frothy. Would be a lot of fun to produce.
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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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