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Gil Brewer (1922–1983), a second-generation noir writer, followed in the footsteps of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain. He spent most of his life in the Tampa Bay area, where he also set most of his fiction. Like his characters, he was a victim of his own weaknesses, dying as a result of the alcoholism that plagued his whole adult life.

Brewer published prolifically under various pseudonyms and in a variety of niche genres including mystery, romance, and ...

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Overview

Gil Brewer (1922–1983), a second-generation noir writer, followed in the footsteps of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain. He spent most of his life in the Tampa Bay area, where he also set most of his fiction. Like his characters, he was a victim of his own weaknesses, dying as a result of the alcoholism that plagued his whole adult life.

Brewer published prolifically under various pseudonyms and in a variety of niche genres including mystery, romance, and pornography. Over the course of his career, he published more than 100 short stories and 50 novels, including A Taste for Sin, Satan Is a Woman, and The Girl from Hateville. He is known for his everyday characters—often underdogs, frequently downtrodden, and desperate to get ahead in life—who ultimately succumb to their own weaknesses and desires.

Brewer revolutionized the availability of reading-as-entertainment for the American people by helping to exploit a new market: the paperback original. Many of his novels, including the bestselling 13 French Street, have recently been reissued for a new audience. However, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories is the first collection of his short fiction.

Because his work was published in a large number of pulp magazines, and because he regularly didn’t publish stories under his own name, Brewer’s fans—and fans of hard-boiled noir fiction in general—have often been frustrated in their efforts to find the work of this mid-century American crime writer. David Rachels has sifted through the Brewer papers at the University of Wyoming, thumbed thousands of publications, and tracked down rare pulp magazines on eBay, to create the first-ever authoritative list of Brewer’s short stories, with the best featured in a single volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813044064
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/7/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 595,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gil Brewer was among the most popular noir writers of the 1950s. His bestselling novel, 1951’s 13 French Street, sold more than a million copies but was deemed “unfilmable” because of the amount of sexual content. David Rachels, professor of English at Virginia Military Institute, has edited three volumes, most recently Mark Twain’s Civil War.

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    SUIT 5

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    Posted July 24, 2013

    To Jesus freak

    So s.ex is against the bible?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    ROSEBUD

    Maybe result four... definetly look below.

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    Posted July 24, 2013

    &hearts to below

    Can u do me

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    TO ACTIVE PLAYERS

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    Ken

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    In writing short stories for the crime digests of the 1950s, Gil

    In writing short stories for the crime digests of the 1950s, Gil Brewer had greater artistic freedom than when he wrote novels for the paperback houses, so these stories are even more outrageous and unpredictable than the Gil Brewer novels that you (hopefully) already know and love. This book collects the following 25 gems from the 1950s, the glory decade of Gil Brewer's career:

    "With This Gun--" (Detective Tales, March 1951)
    "It's Always Too Late" (Detective Fiction, April 1951)
    "Moonshine" (Manhunt, March 1955)
    "My Lady Is a Tramp" (Pursuit, May 1955)
    "Red Twilight" (Hunted, October 1955)
    "Don't Do That" (Hunted, December 1955)
    "Die, Darling, Die" (Justice, January 1956)
    "The Black Suitcase" (Hunted, February 1956)
    "Shot" (Manhunt, February 1956)
    "The Gesture" (The Saint Detective Magazine, March 1956)
    "Home" (Accused, March 1956)
    "Home-Again Blues" (Pursuit, March 1956)
    "Mow the Green Grass" (Pursuit, March 1956)
    "Come Across" (Manhunt, April 1956)
    "Cut Bait" (Pursuit, May 1956)
    "Matinee" (Manhunt, October 1956)
    "The Axe Is Ready" (Trapped, December 1956)
    "On a Sunday Afternoon" (Manhunt, January 1957)
    "Prowler!" (Manhunt, May 1957)
    "Bothered" (Manhunt, July 1957)
    "Smelling Like a Rose" (Mr., July 1957)
    "Death of a Prowler" (Trapped, April 1958)
    "Getaway Money" (Guilty, November 1958)
    "Redheads Die Quickly" (Mystery Tales, April 1959)
    "Harlot House" (Mystery Tales, August 1959)

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