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Blue Murder

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Nelia Mason, wife of Dr. Carney Mason, was seeking evidence of infidelity by her husband with his nurse, Myra Holly. Dr. Mason's partner, Dr. Sebring, also had a crush on the nurse. Then all hell broke loose. Dr. Mason was found with a bullet through his brain and a naked, skinned, female was found dead on his examination table and Duke Pizzatello, private investigator, wa ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Dennis McMillan Publications
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Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shadow-man
"So I climbed the hell into my duds, and they put nippers on my wrists and took me downstairs and loaded me in a squad car and took me to the clink."

So closes Chapter 5. Things get a whole hell of a lot worse for private dick Duke Pizzatello before this book is through, and, really, it's not hard to see why. When Duke comes upon a doctor with amnesia who is either the murderer he's after or Duke's best alibi, he thinks "[I'll:] arrange for a brain specialist to do something for Sebring and try t
Christopher (Donut)
This review is to defend my downgrade from 4 to 3.

Much as I love Robert Leslie Bellem, the prolific "Vivaldi" of spicy pulp,* I found Blue Murder structurally flawed. Bellem was a champion sprinter, but he could not go the distance of a full-length novel, at least without padding mercilessly- repeating conversations, recounting events just described, having circular arguments between protagonist and cop, protagonist and girlfriend.
It's nerve-wracking.
Furthermore, the tone is less slangy, certai
Bill Telfer
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The great Robert Leslie Bellem, with his one and only solo novel. First published in 1938, it is a tiny, obscure materpiece. Not quite the same as one of Bellem's Dan Turner tales, it is, nevertheless, filled with the kind of wacky, hard-boiled stylings that only RLB could create. If you have a taste for the pulpy, as do I, you are going to savor this.
Larry Kahaner
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done from one of the better pulpsters.

A classic work with all the errant paths and blind alleys you could want. Complicated, and wrapped up satisfactorily at the end.
Whistlers Mom
Every man's dilemma: You can't trust beautiful broads and no one wants the ugly ones.

Bellem started his successful, prolific career as a pulp writer in the mid-1930's and continued until television drove the pulps out of business. Then he started writing for television. Like the pulps, script writing is ephemeral. But in 1938, Bellem made an attempt to write something that would last. It was this short novel called BLUE MURDER. I applaud his courage, but the plain fact is that this book is reada
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the introduction, Bill Pronzini talks about Robert Leslie Bellem and his career, a man reputed 3000 stories published in the pulps, the majority featuring his private eye Dan Turner. BLUE MURDER was the first of only a handful of novels and came out in 1938.

The P.I. is Duke Pizzatello and he was only slightly less risque than Turner.

We get a plot where Duke is on the hook for a murder of a doctor and a woman found in his offices carved up so badly, face and fingertips, that she couldn't be id
Cullen Gallagher
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The writing is so fast paced that the plot doesn't develop: it accumulates. And I say this with the best possible intentions. Bellem writes with a deft keystroke comprised of equal parts speed, dynamism, splatter, and flesh. There are no "guns" to be had in "Blue Murder," only "roscoes" and "gats." Bellem is far more graphic than any of the other crime fiction of the 1930s that I have read. Heck, even Spillane looks a little restrained compared to Bellem. But for all of the outlandishness of "Bl ...more
Craven Lovelace
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of deliciously bad writing, it doesn't get better than this.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
BIFF-BAM-POW-SLAMMO! KERPOW! And then, after gruesome violence, mayhem, shanghais, murder, thievery, defenestration and amnesia, the ones who were not dead lived happily ever after and made a baby.
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Robert Leslie Bellem (July 19, 1902 - April 1, 1968) was an American pulp magazine writer, best known for his creation of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. Before becoming a writer he worked in Los Angeles as a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and film extra. After the demise of the pulps, Bellem switched to writing for television, including a number of scripts for The Lone Ranger, Adventures of ...more
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