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Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie
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Oct 22, 09


I didn't think I would ever say this about a Hard Case Crime book, but this cover does not do the book justice. It's a fun cover, don't get me wrong. And it actually represents a moment in the book. However, in my opinion, it misrepresents the tone of the book completely.

Perhaps it is in the spirit of the vintage paperbacks that Hard Case emulates to sell the sizzle rather than the steak (can you get more sizzle in hard-boiled terms than a woman wielding a bat).

The reason I go on about the cover is that this is a good book with pulp roots, but also a book that makes an effort to convey some interesting moral dilemmas in its story. While in cases, the plotting and conclusions are a little forced, the characters are consistently met with unique challenges that only crime fiction can offer.

If the steak is good, there's no need to oversell the sizzle.
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