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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 influenced generals, politician
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 because he g
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
Rogue Reader
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice quick brain candy mystery, classic crime of lust, blackmail and revenge. Chicago setting a plus
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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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 ...more

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