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Alley Girl

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Renegade Cop (originally published as Alley Girl) is a hardboiled noir story about Steve Lambert, a renegade cop. He's got a guy in jail as a material witness, when someone offers him $5000 to get the guy convicted. He's happy to do it, but he wants $20,000. He's also banging the guy's wife, who submits in the hope that he'll get her husband freed. And that's just for star ...more
Published 1954 by Lion
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALLEY GIRL has also been published under the name RENEGADE COP, a more apt title that describes the main character, Detective-Inspector Steve Lambert.

Not a nice man, he pushes things on a cas whatever way he wants. A man of powerful tastes for women, he had been known to manipulate them to get what he wanted. Not to mention the occasional bribe.

He's got a murder case that promises to get him both. A florist has been murdered, shot, and a man passed out drunk in the shop. A witness hears the shot
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alley Girl by Jonathan Craig

The 1954 stand-alone novel “Alley Girl” by Jonathan Craig (real name: Frank Smith) was re-released in 1959 as “Renegade Cop.” I suspect that the book was written and published following the success of Jim Thompson’s 1952 masterpiece, “The Killer Inside Me” as both novels feature sociopathic cop protagonists.

The main character of “Alley Girl” is highly-regarded Detective-Lieutenant Steve Lambert, and the first time we meet him he is pounding whiskey before his morning
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
awesome pulp from 1954. Dirty cop, transvestite, drunk guy and a really horny chick.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Craig is one of the great underrated writers of the great pulp era of the 1950s and early 1960's. It's unfortunate that more of his books aren't available in e-format. His books are generally easy to read and throughly pulpy.

Alley Girl is filled with lots of pulpy goodness including the corrupt cop who plants evidence and preys on suspect's wives, the woman who is so gorgeous that no red blooded man can resist her charms, the innocent man being forced to confess, and the young drunken b
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like your police procedurals/mysteries very 1950's and very Mickey Spillane, then this is the book for you! It's good cop versus bad cop as we follow the bad cop set up an innocent man for a murder rap. He drinks, curses, beats up people for fun, abuses women, blackmails people and lives with an 18 year old woman. You just want him to get caught! By the end of the book.....NO spoilers! This novel is over sixty years old, it's a reminder of an era we don't want to return to, and very reada ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, fast read...about a dirty cop
Warren Stalley
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alley Girl (aka Renegade Cop) by Jonathan Craig is a sizzling slice of pulp fiction from the Nineteen-Fifties. Homicide Detective Lieutenant Steve Lambert is investigating the murder of a florist but the supposedly prime suspect Tommy Nolan is deliberately kept under arrest even when evidence points to his innocence. Lambert is a tough corrupt cop with absolutely no morals and a sleazy attitude who is just out for himself and smashes down anybody in his way, while lusting after Nolan’s young wif ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was an easy read. It wasn't one of those books that I couldn't put down. I just kept wondering how much more despicable detective Lambert could get. I didn't have any idea who done it... I really wished I had run into a couple of his girls in the book when I was younger.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As with most pulp fiction that I have read, it had potential at the beginning but the overall read was flat. I am going to lay off the pulp for a while.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Is this how purest(man fallen from god) think humanity is?
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Jonathan Craig was a pseudonym for Frank E. Smith, an American writer who lived in Florida. His series character for most of his novels was PI Pete Selby. He also wrote many short stories.

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“All you need, you think, is a breather, a few minutes standing up at the bar like in the old days, having a harmless bottle of beer. Only the bottle of beer isn't harmless; it's a trigger. It sets off that crazy thing in your mind that made you a dipso in the first place...” 2 likes
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