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Flight to Darkness

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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Eric Garth is a Korean War veteran who has spent the last several months of his life in a psychiatric ward. There, he becomes romantically involved with a nurse named Leda, who seems to have more than just a passing interest in the inheritance that Eric is due to receive once his ill mother passes. When Eric is fingered for a brutal murder, an incident that he doesn't reme ...more
154 pages
Published 1952 by Gold Medal
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Carla Remy
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cool, actiony book about the paranoia of coming back from (the Korean, in this case) war to find everything fixed against you. At least that's what I think the true symbolism of the plot was. Pretty obvious mystery but it didn't matter. ...more
Noir paranoia and obsession at it’s finest. Eric Garth is a Korean War vet recovering in a psychiatric hospital and because this is a first-person narrative we readers are on an unstable foundation right from the start, never knowing whether his narrative is reliable or not. Brewer puts in some neat foreshadowings and doubts early on and that pays big dividends as the plot unfolds. Leda Thayer is the femme-fatale - and she has to rank up there near the top of the FF pantheon - and Brewer just bu ...more
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
According to Lynn Munro's bibliography, Flight to Darkness was Gil Brewer's fourth Gold Medal paperback original. It's a stylish potboiler with its own merits. The hallmark Brewer frenetic prose, good v. bad girl dynamics, and lush descriptive powers are on full display. The plot is a Korean War vet who's released from the VA mental hospital and leaves with his voluptuous nurse. Of course, the vet has a rich family in Florida, and his sick mother is dying. That's the volatile fuse to light and s ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noirboiled
If Gil Brewer knew one thing, he knew this: Ordinary guys with perpetual erections should stay far, far away from sex-crazed she-devils. He illustrated this point in his debut novel, Satan Is a Woman, and then showed it again in his third novel, 13 French Street. While both novels are well executed, there is never much mystery where they are going. What makes Brewer's fourth novel, Flight to Darkness, more interesting is that his protagonist/narrator, Eric Garth, is not an ordinary guy. Rather, ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! No one creates femmes fatale like Brewer. This one is almost perfect. I would actually rate it 4 and a half stars if we could do half stars. The only problem is that Brewer tips his hand very early on. Actually from the opening pages, but then knowing the inevitable end doesn't keep it from being any less of a page turner. He ends almost every chapter with a bombshell revelation.

I'm on a Brewer jag now . . .
Deliah Lawrence
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Flight to Darkness, Brewer introduces readers to Eric Garth, a Korean war vet and a would-be sculptor who meets Leda a nurse during his time spent as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in California. Eric has always been preoccupied with a recurring dream of killing his brother Frank with a sculptor’s wooden mallet. So before Eric can be released his doctor has to make sure he is cured of these dreams.

Eric is all too excited to head home to Florida and to the loan business which Frank is ru
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like one of his characters, Gil Brewer had multiple personas. On the one hand, he was a pulp writer who specialized in portrayals of horny deadbeat men and the conniving women who lead them to ruin. On the other, he was a pioneer at enriching genre novels with unexpectedly layered character analysis. Brewer gave few interviews during his lifetime, but it's probable that he was a devoted reader of psychology and drama. If a typical pulp novel relegates character to servicing the plot, Brewer brin ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: timo
Ilmeisesti tämänkään kirjan suomentaja ei pahemmin pohtinut, mitä suomensi vaan kerta laakista tuotos paperille ja kaikki olivat tyytyväisiä. Toisaalta, se kyllä toi touhuun aika surrealistisen ja tahattoman humoristisen piirteen.
Mutta ei sekään kyennyt tahraamaan tämän kirjan toimivuutta. Gil Brewer on mestari ja nero luomaan hahmoja joiden kohtalot kiinnostavat sekä käänteitä juoneen, joka saa lukemaan into piukalla. Mahtavuutta.
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Florida writer Gil Brewer (1922-1983) was the author of dozens of wonderfully sleazy sex/crime adventure novels of the 1950's and 60's, including Backwoods Teaser and Nude on Thin Ice; some of them starring private eye Lee Baron (Wild) or the brothers Sam and Tate Morgan (The Bitch) . Gil Brewer, who had not previously published any novels, began to write for Gold Medal Paperbacks in 1950-51. Brew ...more

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