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13 French Street by Gil Brewer
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really liked it
bookshelves: crime-noir, gilbrewer, novels, crime-noir-1950s, goldmedal

This was Brewer's big seller, with more than 1.2 million in sales and, from a literary standpoint, it certainly has some of his best prose. Although I'm more partial to Brewer's propulsive out-of-control style, the best example being A Taste For Sin, but 13 French Street has plenty of forward energy. Overall, I give it 4.5 stars, with the deduct being mainly for repetition, and that is partly by design as the bulk of the action takes claustrophobically place on the second floor of the house. As with Brewer's first novel - Satan Is a Woman - the femme fatale spends the first half of the novel teasing the protagonist - Alex Bland - into an obsessive and near insane frenzy. Once he's hooked the murders begin. A brilliant noir depicting Bland's self-destruction as his conscience is eroded by desire, at first reluctantly, then willfully, and finally under a haze of alcohol as he deliberately tries to drive away the pain he's caused himself by jettisoning his conscience.
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Reading Progress

November 20, 2014 – Shelved
November 20, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
November 20, 2014 – Shelved as: crime-noir
November 20, 2014 – Shelved as: gilbrewer
November 20, 2014 – Shelved as: novels
February 3, 2015 – Started Reading
February 5, 2015 –
page 23
February 6, 2015 –
page 65
""I had seen my face in that huge tinted mirror and it had been the face of a stranger - a stranger who was already running backward on a forward-racing treadmill; a stranger afraid.""
February 7, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 3, 2015 – Shelved as: crime-noir-1950s
October 3, 2015 – Shelved as: goldmedal

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