Aug 27, 12
Recommended to Ed by:
Author mentioned on various blogs
pulp fiction fans
Read from August 25 to 27, 2012, read count: 1
3.5+ stars, really. Orrie Hitt was a prolific pulp novelist, publishing "adult genre" books during the 1950s-60s. His work was primarily PBO though I see he did hardcovers, too. Today he still enjoys a readership, and excellent writers I respect like James Reasoner enjoy reading Orrie's yarns. This one is my first Orrie Hitt read, and I'd certainly read further in his fictional output. ADD FLESH TO THE FIRE must've been geared to the adult sleaze/soft-core porn market even though it's all very tame by today's standards. Clint is a young fishing charter captain who has three ladies on a string: Rose, his philandering ex; Vera, the femme fatale; and Betty, his good girl love. I could easily see Sterling Hayden cast as Clint in a movie role. Vera and her dad hire him to run guns from Key West to Cuba, and the story generates excitement from that. However, Clint wants to jump every lady's bones, and they're all eager particpants. I'd've liked to see more action, more setting, or just more anything else. Still, the fast pace, gritty protagonist, and solid dialogue elevate ADD FLESH TO THE FIRE to an entertaining, fun book. I look forward to reading more and even better Orrie Hitt titles I can find down the line.