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Death's Sweet Song

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
His face was burned to the color of old leather, and I guessed he was the type that spent a lot of time on a golf course, or maybe a tennis court. We talked a little about the weather and how hot it was, and then I hung up the hose and went to work on the windshield. That was when I got my first good look at the woman. And she just about took my breath away. Originally pub ...more
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Published June 3rd 2009 (first published 1955)
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James Thane
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, noir
This is a hardboiled novel from 1955, in which the protagonist, Joe Hooper, falls into the classic noir spiral from which hardly any man ever recovers. Hooper owns a gas station and a rundown motel in a small town in Oklahoma. The tourists only stay at his place when all the good motels are full, and even though he only has five cabins, he's never yet had to hang out the "No Vacancy" sign.

Hooper's in something of a relationship with a good woman, and most of the people in town, including his own
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Richard
But all things end, if you wait long enough.
The plot is classic pulp noir. A man meets a married babe that he can't stop pining over and is ultimately drawn into a sandpit of crime that he can't crawl out of no matter how hard he tries. We've seen this plot many times before, obviously. But where lesser writers of the time expected us to just accept the fact that the man immediately falls for the fatale and would do anything for her, Adams takes time here to really build Joe Hooper's motivat
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Kurt Reichenbaugh
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
I don't know if it's really the best Gold Medal ever, but it's one of the coolest ones I've read. Joe Hooper runs a dead-end motel just off of 66 in Oklahoma. He hates his life, his job, his town, his girlfriend and his own stinking face in the mirror. One day a Buick pulls into his motel with sultry babe Paula Sheldon in the passenger seat and Joe finally sees his way out of his loser life. All the classic 50's noir ingredients are lined up. Joe will do just about anything to feel Paula's blood ...more
Cheryl
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced hard - boiled crime novel. Once Joe decides to do the robbery, the whole thing spirals out of his control. A quick, tense read.
Warren Stalley
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When small town Motel owner Joe Hooper meets the suspicious couple Karl and Paula Sheldon one evening little does he know how crazy his world is going to become. Stuck running a dead end business Hooper has been waiting for a lucky break to come his way but will a surefire robbery plan really work out? As he sinks deeper into trouble becoming mixed up in a love triangle and murder, things really start to go sour. As the net closes in on Hooper and the Sheldon’s the pages begin to crackle with de ...more
Slinkyboy
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A pretty compelling noir tale.

Demetrios Dolios
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
clifton adams top notch 50s pulp
Jeff
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Death's Sweet Song by Clifton Adams is just about a perfect Gold Medal crime paperback. From 1956, it was clearly one of the great PPOs from the peak of that imprint. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Dan Panke
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp
A Jolly good read.
Doreen
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Hardboiled crime story. Fast paced.
Michael
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Noir
Shelves: mystery-thriller
DEATHS SWEET SONG ist ein klassischer Noir-Thriller von 1955 aus der Feder von Clifton Adams, der neben einigen weiteren Krimis vor allem Western geschrieben hat.
Das Buch beschreibt, wie der Ich-Erzähler von der ersten Begegnung an in den Bann der blonden Sirene Paula Sheldon gerät. Und obwohl er alle seine Moralvorstellungen und seine Ethik über Bord werfen muss, wenn er künftig mit dieser Frau zusammensein will, ist er der eiskalten Schönheit bedingungslos verfallen. Er gerät in einen Strudel
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