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The Peddler

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HE SOLD THEIR BODIES-AND HIS SOUL... In the cutthroat world of organized crime, Tony Romero was headed straight for the top. His territory: the brothels of San Francisco. But the path was littered with bodies and broken dreams-some of them his... More than 40 million of Richard Prather's books have been sold in the United States alone Prather received a Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America THE PEDDLER marks a reunion between Prather and legendary artist Robert McGinnis, who painted many ...
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HE SOLD THEIR BODIES-AND HIS SOUL... In the cutthroat world of organized crime, Tony Romero was headed straight for the top. His territory: the brothels of San Francisco. But the path was littered with bodies and broken dreams-some of them his... More than 40 million of Richard Prather's books have been sold in the United States alone Prather received a Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America THE PEDDLER marks a reunion between Prather and legendary artist Robert McGinnis, who painted many of Prather's most popular covers in the 1950s and 1960s
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Pulp noir aficionados are going to absolutely cherish this Hard Case Crime release -- a reissue of the 1952 Richard S. Prather classic The Peddler (originally published under the pseudonym Douglas Ring) with all-new cover art by Robert McGinnis, the iconic artist who painted many of Prather's most popular covers in the 1950s and '60s.
Tony Romero is a ruthless, street-savvy con man who can throw down with the best of them. Obsessively motivated by money and power, Romero is quickly moving up the ladder in San Francisco's organized crime underworld. Working as a money man in an extensive prostitution ring, the overly ambitious Romero sees the people in authority above him not so much as bosses but as adversaries he will eventually conquer and replace. And Romero does just that, using anything and anyone to elevate his position within the organization -- that is, until he finally meets his match in the unlikeliest of people…

As brutally violent as it is unrelentingly coldhearted, The Peddler has not surprisingly been called by Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai "not only one of the best books Prather ever wrote, it's one of the best crime novels I've read, period." Unbelievably, after more than a half century after it was first published, this dark little literary gem reads like it was written yesterday -- a blood-splattered, down-and-dirty crime classic. Paul Goat Allen
Orlando Sentinel
Mystery readers, rejoice. We're all richer for the return of Prather.
Library Journal

Despite selling an estimated 40 million books and receiving the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, Prather is one of those guys who has fallen through the cracks. His reputation was built on a long-running mystery series featuring tough ex-marine PI Shell Scott, who appeared in more than three dozen adventures. This 1952 standalone, however, is the tale of hoodlum Tony Romero's rise to the top of organized crime. Give it a shot.


—Michael Rogers Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843955989
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    The Peddler

    Empty, violent tale with little or no character growth, The Peddler makes the mistake of confusing a tragically wasted life with the essence of real tragedy. The central character Tony is rotten from the start he learns nothing from his experiences and as a result The Peddler is far less interesting than it could have been. The ending is blunt and crude, in keeping with the one-dimensional characters.

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