Saturday, July 24, 2010

Soft Touch (1953)

An almost perfect piece of pulp fiction. What's particularly great about this novel is that the narrator, Jerry Jamison, has all the trademarks of a typical MacDonald hero: war vet, hard working, straight-shooting, a romantic. And yet he goes bad. The final couple of chapters are some of the most chilling bits of first-person narration I've read. This is a great place to start for anyone interested in MacDonald's hard-boiled novel period.

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