Pulp Fiction Fun
I just finished reading Branded Woman by Wade Miller, recently released from Hard Case Crime. This reprint of a 1952 crime noir novel, from the writing team of Robert Wade and William Miller, is good clean fun. Well, maybe not "clean," but definitely fun. It's a story of intrigue and betrayal in a world of amoral gold smugglers, with plenty of plot twists and surprises. The lead character, a beautiful young femme fatale (pictured on the gloriously lurid cover), is surprisingly complex for a "pulp" novel. If this story were made into a movie (as the authors' "Touch of Evil" was), it should be in black and white, with someone like a young Barbara Stanwyck playing the lead. This is yet another fun novel, rediscovered and reprinted after 50+ years, from the great folks at Hard Case Crime.