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Tears Are For Angels

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
It took murder to teach him that the twin sister of hate - was love.
Paperback, 177 pages
Published 1952 by Gold Medal 224
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Noir masterpiece for sure. How did did this not get mentioned in the books on crime and pulp fiction by Horsley, Haut, O'Brien, and Ritt? How did this not get made into a movie in the 1950s?! Soon as I finished this I went back and read it again, hardly believing that it could be as good as it seemed the first time and found myself riveted once again.

The beginning is a stone cold killer. Harry London, down as far as a man can go, out in his hermit cabin bingeing on white lightning and
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gold-medal
Paul Connolly is a pseudonym for Tom Wicker, a notable writer of political non-fiction and NY Times journalist for over 30 years. Wicker started out writing paperback originals for Gold Medal, all sadly out of print. This novel "Tears are for Angels" is much more than a typical pulp crime book. It tells the story of a man who has fallen into the deepest pits of despair and his struggle back, motivated first by vengeance, and then by love. The novel is fast paced with clever and surprising ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overlooked noir gem from newspaperman Tom Wicker writing as Paul Connolly.
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Believe the other reviewers. This is a marvelous novel. Like Elmore Leonard, Connolly took the work of Hemingway like a vitamin supplement and developed a strong style all his own. (Note: this trick only works if the vitamin-taker had talent to begin with.) I wish Connolly had written more like these. Tears Are For Angels is worthy of standing alongside the works of the best of the best of Gold Medal authors like John D. MacDonald, McPartland, Donald Hamilton, etc.
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A pseudonym used by Tom Wicker.

Wicker wrote three Gold Medal paperback originals early in his career using this pseudonym.

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