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by Richard S. Prather

  • Author: Richard S. Prather
  • ISBN: 0843955988
  • ISBN13: 978-0843955989
  • ePub: 1958 kb | FB2: 1266 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime; First Printing edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Pages: 252
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 192
  • Format: azw mbr lit rtf
The Peddler (Hard Case Crime (Mass Market Paperback)) ePub download

Some other hard case crime books you will enjoy: LITTLE GIRL LOST by Richard Aleas. THE PEDDLER by Richard S. Prather. LUCKY AT CARDS by Lawrence Block. ROBBIE’S WIFE by Russell Hill.

Some other hard case crime books you will enjoy: LITTLE GIRL LOST by Richard Aleas. THE GIRL WITH THE LONG GREEN HEART by Lawrence Block.

Format: Mass Market Paperback In fact, I saw the cover of The Peddler by Robert McGinnis from across the room and recognized it immediately as a & Scott' book, and made a bee-line for it.

Format: Mass Market Paperback. I’m usually a big fan of the Hard Case Crime imprint, but The Peddler is one of its more forgettable entries. In fact, I saw the cover of The Peddler by Robert McGinnis from across the room and recognized it immediately as a & Scott' book, and made a bee-line for it.

Paperback, 252 pages. Published November 28th 2006 by Hard Crime Case (first published 1952). 0843955988 (ISBN13: 9780843955989).

The collection includes both reprints of books from the pulp era (typically labeled Complete and unabridged on the cover), and new novels written for the collection (typically labeled First publication anywhere).

A Great Look at Frisco in the early '50's.

Fans of pulp fiction owe a vote of thanks to Hard Case Crime for reprinting this thoroughly entertaining paperback. A Great Look at Frisco in the early '50's.

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Mass-market paperbacks are usually distributed through the trade outlets (though they weren’t always), but they are also distributed through magazine distributors and treated like periodicals - there’s a new batch every month, the returns system is simpler and easier for the retailer, etc. Newsstands can carry mass-market paperbacks, or they can show up in spinner racks anywhere that carries magazines. mass market paperbacks are usually 4″ x 7″ or smaller, so as to fit on those spinner racks

They do write 'em like they used t. -Publishers Weekly on Fade to Blonde. HCC would return to mass market PBs for their publications.

They do write 'em like they used t.

Hard Case Crime Covers. What others are saying. The Vengeful Virgin is a Hard Case Crime Novel. The painting was on the cover of the Hard Case Crime paperback titled "Wrong Quarry" by Max Allan Collins

Hard Case Crime Covers. Greg Manchess The phone rang. It was Charles Ardai, art director and publisher of the Hard Case Crime novels. Cover for Ed McBain So Nude, So Dead - Greg Manchess, artist. Originally published in it has vestiges of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice. The painting was on the cover of the Hard Case Crime paperback titled "Wrong Quarry" by Max Allan Collins. Good old-fashioned fun with a killer for hire in The Wrong Quarry by Max Allan Collins. Read the interview with the author of The Road to Perdition.

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Ambitious mobster Tony Romero takes the world of organized crime by storm as he conquers the prostitution industry in San Francisco, but loses his humanity during his journey to the top. Reprint.
This book disappointed me, and I'm surprised it garnered the strong reviews from other readers. Essentially, this story follows the rise and fall of a pimp, Tony Romero, as he tries to scale the pinnacles of the mob scene in 1950's San Francisco.

Unfortunately, Tony is an unappealing character to the reader and the people surrounding him are not any more appealing. In fact, Prather has drawn his characters with scarcely anything more than the minimum detail. I felt that if I started to look around the view he gave of any character, I would just find a cardboard cut out.

Well, sometimes that sort of fault can be disguised with a ripping plot line, or incredible amounts of local color. Sadly, The Peddler has neither. The San Fransisco he draws is monochromatic and the plots moves along almost reluctantly, at if it had to be poked and prodded.

There is better Prather to be found. Let's hope Hard Case Crime can get their hands on that.
Very good and captivating.
This beautifully written book is a parable for modern times, a "lesson" the Greatest Generation didn't need in 1952 but is now a very relevant moral story about the price of success at any price.

It has power, prestige, wealth, ambition, quick intelligence, loyalty and betrayal, and even a merger or potential hostile takeover. It has all the systems, values and hazards of unrestricted free enterprise system that never get to the business pages unless accompanied by a picture of a handcuffed miscreant in a highly visible perp walk. It shows what happens when 'Greed is enough' becomes the prime ethic.

Prather is superb.

In this book, he tells the story of a kid who's quick rise to success is based on the complete and cynical exploitation of people without a shred of conscience or compassion. In crime, business or politics, this is what happens when the only ethic is increasing profits or votes-at-any-price. There are probably more than a few people who can sympathize, "Yeah, that's what they told me before I came to work here."

Read it and you'll be reminded of the ethics of Enron, and perhaps remember Playboy's pictorial "the women of Enron".

As in all good parables, it uses a different setting to remind readers of a moral; in this case, a good hard-case crime story is the theme. The writing is superb without being lurid, fast-paced without being shallow, literate without being pretentious. Prather is a worthy member of the Greatest Generation, those people who went through 10 years of the Great Depression and five years of World War II without losing faith in themselves or their country.

Perhaps the 1930 - 1952 era taught him what can happen when human values become a distant last in the drive for success. Prather reminds us "it can happen here" and when it does it's a crime.

It's a great read as a hard-boiled crime story, and it's a profound read as a moral lesson that is completely relevant in today's world. Either way, you won't go wrong.
Being the somewhat precocious child that I was, I went straight from the Hardy Boys to Shell Scott --- or, as I'm fond of saying, from Bayport to Babes. Shell Scott, an ex-Marine turned private eye, was the creation of Richard S. Prather. The paperbacks were readily identifiable by their covers, which always featured Scott's crew-cut countenance set in a confident leer, and a woman dressed in a come-hither look and little else. The series, some four to five decades later, rereads uniformly well; I can honestly say that one of the saddest days of my life occurred when I realized that, for one reason or another, there wasn't going to be a new Shell Scott novel.

So one of the happiest days of my life occurred recently when THE PEDDLER hit the doorstep. A stand-alone work first published in 1952 and long out of print, it is a classic noir read from first page to last. Tony Romero, the book's protagonist, is an unabashed bad guy, one whose moral compass isn't damaged or askew; he simply doesn't have one, at least when we meet him as a 19-year-old in San Francisco, looking to break into crime in a big way. Romero parlays some old relationships to be a peddler, but he's not selling vegetables or tin pots. Instead, he becomes a pimp and is looking to work his way up as fast as he can. He will stop at nothing, and crawl or step over anyone, to get to where he wants to go.

It is obvious, not only from what he wants but what he is willing to do to get it, that Romero is damaged goods. And it is never more apparent how truly broken he is than when he is offered one last chance at salvation and turns it down, eschewing what he needs and wants most for what he desires right now. Prather is nothing less than masterful here, creating a penultimate moment when Romero turns away from life and love, heading instead for almost certain disaster.

While the plot is riveting, the novel is character-driven. Prather's protagonists --- uniformly strong, hard males --- use people as a means to an end. While women in his books were objectified, they also wielded a subtle and ultimate power that influenced the denouement of the protagonist --- this at a time decades removed from the ascendancy of the feminist movement into popular culture.

THE PEDDLER is a classic, unforgettable tale from an author incapable of bad writing whose influence over the genre in which he worked continues to this day, even as he remains relatively unknown and wretchedly under-appreciated. When actively writing, Prather was almost always ahead of his time and in many ways still is today.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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