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Sin In Their Blood by Ed Lacy

MATT RANZINO
Ex-fighter, ex-cop, ex-private detective. Home after fighting in Korea, he wanted quiet—but a killer had other plans for him.

HARRY LOUGHLIN
He and Matt had been partners before the war. Was now a professional blackmailer.

FLO
Sensual blonde Matt had gone with before the Army. Was now tied up with Loughlin. Matt couldn’t see the combo.

That’s just a few of the colorful characters of Ed Lacy’s 1952 story, Sin In Their Blood.  A “super-tough mystery?”  Not so tough to solve as to the who, but the why is a bit different.  And what does that title reference?  Let’s just say our hero is recovering from something.  He seems to be recovering from a lot of things actually, being an ex-everything as we learned above, but there is a medical illness that plays a role kind of.  Vague enough for you?  I’ve made it sound more mysterious and interesting than it is.

As seems to be the case with these great pulpy detective stories, it’s an easy and quick read – nothing’s gonna strain your brain here.  And since I read this stuff to help myself fall asleep at night that’s perfect.  I’ve found if you assume the voice of Gerald Mohr (radio’s Philip Marlowe) while reading, it’s a more satisfying experience.

Oh, the plot.  It’s Variant A of Plan 13 of the Murder Mystery Writers Guide and Formula Book (I’m sure that exists somewhere).  Just read it, it’s fun.  And free.

Available for download at Munsey’s.

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  1. bmj2k  July 3, 2011

    Sounds like a winner to me.

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  2. Skinner  July 4, 2011

    Looks fun; onto my phone it goes. As an ex-pirate, ex-ninja, ex-party clown, ex-cetera, I can certainly sympathize.

    (…and, to be clear, this is an original comment – not a reprint.)

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