Friday, April 22, 2011
Death Trap (1957)
Decent, if not spectacular, JDM standalone. The protagonist, Hugh MacReedy, returns to a small town to help his ex-girlfriend's younger brother, accused of a terrible crime. There are some great fight sequences in this novel, as Hugh squares off against corrupt police officers, and the local teenage toughs. The weakest element of this book is the love story--she never really comes to life.
A slightly condensed version of this novel appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Those were the good old days. Can you imagine Cosmopolitan containing an entire novel now?