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Very Cold for May

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May Laval was as brilliant as a ten carat diamond---and just as cold. As the calculting ruler of a social set, she influenced generals, politicians, and big businessmen. Slowly and shrewdly, she learned the intimate details of everyone's life---and recorded the seamy facts in a diary. One day, May Laval threatened to publish her diary.....
Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 3rd 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1951)
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John Frankham
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Run-of-the-mill whodunnit from 1951. The protagonist, Jake, works in Chicago in public relations, here 'defending' a manufacturer afraid of the war-time diary revelations of a woman Jake, and the manufacturer, knows well (see below). Jake's moral dilemma and his relationship with his ex-wife provide an interest. But, nothing outstanding.

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'May Laval was as brilliant as a ten carat diamond---and just as cold. As the calculating ruler of a social set, she influen
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Jure
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite good and interesting. It deals with a government corruption, moral hypocrisy of officials, war profiteering and media spin-offs that cover up all this shit. Murder mystery and our hero's personal dilemmas (also related to his marital problems) are elegantly placed in this background of post-war America.

It has to be said though that it is a bit weak on the plot. Jake - as likeable and interesting as he is - is not very good detective at all and is simply lucky to break the case
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Malcolm
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This 1950 police procedural is told in a very straight-forward manner like books that ended up in noir movies. The protagonist is former newspaper reporter Jake Harrison who works for a PR firm that's representing a man currently being investigated by the government. Add to this, the fact that former WWII-era socialite May Laval is planning to write a tell-all memoir that might include the details of her potentially sordid relationship with the man Jake represents. In fact, it might contain deta ...more
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Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice quick brain candy mystery, classic crime of lust, blackmail and revenge. Chicago setting a plus
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William P. McGivern was a novelist and screenwriter. In his early years he worked as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and a reviewer and reporter for the Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia. Prior to his career in the newspaper business he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946.He moved to Los Angeles in 1960. His works include over twenty thrillers and mysteries as well as Soldiers of 44 , a ...more