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by Robert Edmond Alter

  • Author: Robert Edmond Alter
  • ISBN: 0887390080
  • ISBN13: 978-0887390081
  • ePub: 1535 kb | FB2: 1361 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Creative Arts (1986)
  • Pages: 187
  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Votes: 646
  • Format: mbr lit docx mobi
Carny Kill ePub download

Robert Edmond Alter, who wrote two wonderful mystery novels (Carny Kill and Swamp Sister) is one such writer. The only criticism I have of Carny Kill is that Alter does throw in the occasional lame or tasteless line.

Robert Edmond Alter, who wrote two wonderful mystery novels (Carny Kill and Swamp Sister) is one such writer. Mystery fans should seek out Alter's novels. Carny Kill (published in 1966) concerns a murder at a seedy imitation of Disney World (named Neverland) along the Florida coast. Of course, there is much unintended irony here in that Disney now runs a theme park in Florida). For instance: "The governor on the boat must have been as tight as a virgin's something or other" (p. 24). Unfortunately, Alter died at age 40 and completed only a few mysteries.

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A masterpiece of lurid menace from the underbelly of the South. On his first day working for Cochrane's carny, Thaxton found that his new boss was married to his ex-wife. On the second day he found his boss's body-with one of May's throwing knives planted firmly in its chest.

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Zetadda
This is more of a 3.5 star book. This is the third, and weakest, Robert Edmond Alter book I've read after the amazing Path to Savagery and Swamp Sister. I enjoyed it, but would have liked it more except the author delights in having his hero drone on about his love for Treasure Island and other old books every chance he gets. That got old fast, but doesn't begin until you're already hooked. Other than that, this mystery is engaging, sleazy fun with colorful characters and great insight into carny life.
Mustard Forgotten
First of all, it should be noted that Carny Kill does not take place in a carnival. It takes place in a Florida theme park where "traveling carnival" is one of the themes. The former is the genuine article while the latter is only an imitation.

A distinction which, now that I think of it, may apply to the book itself. When reading a hardboiled novel, it is many times difficult, or even impossible, to decide whether the novel at hand is truly hardboiled or whether it is (intentionally or unintentionally) a parody or imitation of the hardboiled genre.

Included within the pages of Carny Kill are far too many literary and cinematic references, noir and otherwise. They distract from the narrative flow and keep reminding the reader that he or she is firmly ensconced in the world of fiction.

Carny Kill is told in the first person by Thax Thaxton, the book's rather unlikely protagonist. But all I heard was the voice of the author as he self-consciously made sure he touched all the requisite hardboiled bases.

My overall impression is that Robert Edmond Alter knew he was writing a parody rife with standard hardboiled situations and toughguy dialogue. The unanswered question is whether or not he expected his audience to be in on the joke.
Weetont
Found this at a used book shoppe in San Francisco and loved the title's font and the horrible cover artwork. I haven't read a lot of pulp/crime/Jim Thompson/Charles Willeford-type stuff, but this novel is pretty good. It explores a mysterious murder at a somewhat seedy carnival/theme park in an unspecified time sometime around the 1950s (one description of someone sitting "gook-legged"). It reminded me a little of Nightmare Alley, but not as dark. The only things I didn't like about this story is: 1) it boils down to a classic whodunnit, and I'm not a huge fan of the mystery genre, 2) all the references to Treasure Island were nearly meaningless to me, and 3) some of the typesetting is way off in places, including a paragraph that ends every sentence or piece of dialogue with question marks (an obvious typo). Other than that, it's a pretty cool story told in a confident first person narrative and using terms from the carny (carney?) days of old. Treacherous dames and carnival games. The only thing missing was a Geek. Even though it's a pulp novel, Alter writes really well in places. This is not minor or simply genre literature, this is a serious and talented writer (who died at 40).
Porgisk
All too often, a talented writer never finds a large audience and his or her memory quickly fades from the public's consciousness. Robert Edmond Alter, who wrote two wonderful mystery novels (Carny Kill and Swamp Sister) is one such writer. Mystery fans should seek out Alter's novels.

Carny Kill (published in 1966) concerns a murder at a seedy imitation of Disney World (named Neverland) along the Florida coast. (Of course, there is much unintended irony here in that Disney now runs a theme park in Florida). Alter is a master at creating a vivid setting for his readers. Consider the book's opening lines: "It was one of those tourist traps that have turned the coast of Florida into a glittering façade. They hide the naked sights of the hundreds of thousands of voracious cash registers behind the tinsel. That way the innocent tourists won't be stampeded into running for cover in fear for their wallets" (p. 3).

Alter also has a flare for creating interesting characters. The deeply-cynical carnies who work at Neverland regard all of the customers as "marks." Among the carnies are knife throwers, midgets, strippers, pirates, and many broken-down alcoholics. Alter's characters resemble Elmore Leonard's characters in that they are "street smart" and engaging, but often not "book smart."

There are many other positives aspects of Carny Kill. The latter part of the novel has some great action scenes. Sex is a strong theme in the book and Alter generally handles the subject well. There is even a bit of philosophy in the dialogue. For instance, one character tells another "We see the goal and we want it and we scratch and claw our way up to it. Once we get there we can't let go. We can't ever again go back to the bottom rung" (p. 109).

The only criticism I have of Carny Kill is that Alter does throw in the occasional lame or tasteless line. For instance: "The governor on the boat must have been as tight as a virgin's something or other" (p. 24).

Unfortunately, Alter died at age 40 and completed only a few mysteries. He should not be forgotten. Carny Kill is a great, quick read (146 pages). Mystery fans will not want to miss it.
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