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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
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Jun 09, 11

bookshelves: adapted-to-screen, june-read
Read from June 04 to 09, 2011

A story involving one Villain Pinkie a gang member of a sea-side town Brighton, a vibrant tourist spot and home to a horse race track . One of the gangs operations are running a protection racket. A member of a rival gang gets murdered and police believe it's suicide, except a girl who knows the victim and as she tries to find out the truth gets caught up in the mobs path. The story lacked thrill and intrigue and was quite a watered down version of pursuit of truth and justice involving organized crime. Greene writes some good lines but just not enjoyable enough reading for me.

The black and White movie looks promising and probably made Pinkie more famous than the novel did.

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"Vengeance was Ida's, just as much as reward was Ida's, the soft gluey mouth affixed in taxis, the warm handclasp in cinemas, the only reward there was. And vengeance and reward they both were fun. The tram tingled and sparked down the Embankment. If it was a woman who had made Fred unhappy, she'd tell her what she thought. If Fred had killed himself, she'd find it out, the papers would print the news, someone would suffer. Ida was going to begin at the beginning and work right on. She was a sticker. The first stage (she had held the paper in her hand all through the service) was Molly Pink, "described as a private secretary," employed by Messrs. Carter & Galloway."

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