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Nude on Thin Ice by Gil Brewer
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Apr 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: noirboiled
Read in July, 2013 , read count: 2

In the opening pages of Nude on Thin Ice, you can hear the plot gears grind before Gil Brewer gets his machine in gear: Our noir anti-hero, Ken McCall, is summoned to console Nanette Schroeder, the widow of a recently deceased acquaintance. The acquaintance, Carl Schroeder, was a lecherous bastard who didn't live long enough to spend his fortune. Ken heads to the Schroeder residence with dollar signs in his eyes, but he arrives to find that he is not the only one with designs on the dead man's money. In the trajectory of Brewer's career, Nude on Thin Ice is remarkable primarily for its heightened sexual content. Dating to his earliest days with Gold Medal, Brewer was forced to reign in the "perverse" sexual content of his writing, but by 1960 he had considerably more freedom. In Nude on Thin Ice, he doesn't use that freedom tastefully, but in noir this is not necessarily a bad thing.

First reading: 10 April 2011
Second reading: 28 July 2013
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Kurt Reichenbaugh Looking foward to reading what you think of this one. Love the title and it sounds like a good one.

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James Thane I agree: It's a great title, and it's going on my list if only for that.

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