Reviews - What do customers think about The Vengeance Man / Park Avenue Tramp / the Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals?
A 5 and Two 4's Feb 25, 2008
Stark House is to be commended for bringing out this compilation of noir fiction from the 1950's and 60's.
The first book, The Vengeance Man, is a 5 star effort with shamelessly selfish characters engaging in the typical noir web of intrigue that leads to bad outcomes at the end for all. The characters are well drawn, the dialog is tight, and the ending fully completes the circle drawn by the author.
I rate the second and third books 4 strong stars. Park Avenue Tramp, the second book has characters that are exceptionally well developed and elicit great sympathy. However, the plot borders on the melodramatic and is far too predictable. Still, the writing is deft and characterizations rich.
The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed is a bit misleading as it is seldom told from the killers' point of view. However, there is a heck of a plot here, which one can only appreciate at the end when it has all played out. Unfortunately, the characters are less well drawn than either the first two books.
All that said, this book was a great way to while away a rainy weekend.