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A Night for Screaming

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When Mitch Walker sought sanctuary from his relentless pursuer within the boundaries of an immensely huge Kansas farm, he found himself caught between the two forces who were tearing that private empire to pieces between them: its master, a man of pride and murderous jealousy, and its mistress, a woman of uncontrollable desire and burning ambition.
Mass Market Paperback, Paperback Original, 192 pages
Published 1960 by Ace
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Harry Whittington was nicknamed the King of the Paperbacks, having penned over 170 of them in his lifetime. He was also one of the greatest of the pulp writers of the fifties and captured the essence of the pulpy feel almost effortlessly. “A Night For Screaming” is without question a five-star read.

It is filled with the sense of desperation, the sense of nowhere to turn to, down on your luck with the whole world turned against you. The backdrop is a hot, dusty, world where the protagonist drifts
Mitch Walker is on the run from the law. He's been on the run for a while before we meet him as he panhandles around a small Kansas town. He can't prove his innocence so he's on the lam because he's afraid of his torture-loving ex-partner and his penchant for boiling water enemas. Fate leads him to indentured work on a sprawling farm, biding his time, and getting entangled with the farms rich owner and his fun-loving wife.

Harry Whittington was famous for being able to whip up a well-paced story
Holy habanero! Reached the point where I couldn't put this one down and had to sneak off somewhere for a couple of hours so I could finish it without being interrupted. Mitch Walker, our noir protagonist, is an ex-cop accused of murder. He can't prove his innocence and is afraid to be interrogated by his sadistic ex-partner who always gets the confession (scalding hot enemas is one of the proven torture techniques that has Mitch on the lam). We pick up the story with Mitch having hopped off a fr ...more
Adam Howe
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, and a whole lotta fun. The bag guy, feudal farm owner Barton M. Cassel has shades of a Jack Reacher villain about him. If the ending didn't *quite* hit for me, it was a lot of fun getting there. Particularly impressed with the plotting, there were SO many directions this story could have gone. At one point I thought (hoped) we were veering into the realms of horror. I'll be reading more Whittington, for sure. ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Mitch Walker is on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. As a rookie cop, the last thing he wants is for his partner to beat a confession out of him, so he’s fled to the farmlands of Kansas in hopes of escape. Broke, down on his luck, and with the local police after him for panhandling, Mitch takes a chance and signs on to a local farm as a laborer—a sprawling farmstead that’s half volunteer, half county prison. The farm owner is a rather intense nutjob, his wife is a loose woman, the foreman is ...more
Perry Martin
Very strong opening -- the first 25% of novel is lean and suspenseful. What follows is competently executed but more ordinary. The plotting is complex and has some nice surprises but is also contrived. Story would have benefitted from deeper characterizations and a tighter construction.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Tense, fast-paced and good. Could've done with a bit more femme-fatale action but Mitch was too smart to get sucked into Eve's wicked lil games. Shame. ...more
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He also wrote under the names Ashley Carter, Harriet Kathryn Myers, and Blaine Stevens, Curt Colman, John Dexter, Tabor Evans, Whit Harrison, Kel Holland, Suzanne Stephens, Clay Stuart, Hondo Wells, Harry White, Hallam Whitney, Henri Whittier, J.X. Williams.

Harry Whittington (February 4, 1915–June 11, 1989) was an American mystery novelist and one of the original founders of the paperback novel. B

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