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Slay Ride for a Lady

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Harry Nelson got Dan Henderson out of the pen for his own very special reasons. The price of Henderson’s freedom was simple—he merely had to track down and find Nelson’s voluptuous wife, Connice...

Henderson finally found her in far-off Hawaii—but just as dead as they come...

Then he discovered that he was the fall guy for her murder and that he had to return to Tampa and ki
Mass Market Paperback, 126 pages
Published 1950 by Quinn Publishing Company
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Jan 14, 2016 Francis rated it liked it
Harry Whittington was one of those Gold Metal paperback guys. In fact he was known by many as "The King of the paperbacks." He wrote a lot of books in a lot of different genre's but mainly crime. And for a guy who churned out a lot of paperback novels it was said the quality of his work was rarely affected by the quantity of his work.

'Slay Ride for a lady', was his first crime novel and was orginally published in 1950. While a lot of the characters are stereotypical for the time like the tough g
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Dec 26, 2012 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it liked it
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A fall guy is set up for the murder of a Tampa mobster's wife in Hawaii. He then hops a cruise ship to San Francisco, dodging goons on the Pacific. He meets-cute with a schoolteacher, tells her he's no good for her, changes a baby's diapers, has a couple fistfights, plots revenge, lays a couple sloppy ones on the schoolteacher's kisser and makes with the existential angst before showdown with mobster in Tampa.

Whittington is a reliable yarn-spinner and this one does the job.
Started off good when Whittington saddled his noir protagonist with caring for a baby after the mother was murdered. What follows is plenty of beatings, gunplay, knife attacks, and jumping from speeding vehicles. The battle rages from Honolulu, to a cruise ship in the pacific, to San Francisco, and back to Tampa, where the final Glass Key-esque battle between rival mobsters takes place. Unfortunately Whittington lost his way in the middle of this one with an excruciatingly long back story sectio ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
This was one of two I Whittington novels I read one after the other about Tampa-based hood, coincidentally after having just visited Tampa. A typical fast-paced thriller from Whittington. Nine out of every ten novels of his are really good. Those are good odds. If you like hardboiled crime you have to read him.
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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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