A Cougar's Kiss

A Cougar's Kiss

by Frank De Blase

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It's 1960 and Frankie Valentine is doing just fine. The transplanted New York photographer is living it up in the Hollywood sunshine surrounded by beautiful women more than willing to dispose of their clothes and pose. He has no reason to go back east. That is, until the body of a childhood friend, who had disappeared in 1950, turns up. Valentine flies back home to lend his expertise as a crime scene photographer and help out a friend who's in a jam. Instead he finds a compromised crime scene, a hidden stash of cash, and trouble. A Junkie stripper and her mother -- a woman who ushered Valentine into manhood -- a mob boss racked with jealousy and homicidal rage and assorted low-lifes all roll out the unwelcome mat. It's all blood, money, sex and lies...sealed with a Cougar's Kiss.

Praise for A COUGAR'S KISS

"A fifties pulp-noir that has ex-crimescene turned girlie photographer, Frankie Valentine leaving Hollywood for a return to Rochester to ferret out whodunit. Mobsters, murder and plenty of femme fatales ... what's not to love." -- Steve Hodel, New York Times best-selling author of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder

"Frank De Blase writes with the world-weary wit and hardboiled grit of a literary veteran, but his natural talent for storytelling transcends mere nostalgia. The compelling immediacy of his charismatic voice carries the reader not down memory lane, but onward through a brilliantly realized alternate noir-verse that is vibrantly vivid and palpably pulpy, populated by colorful characters and drenched in retro-rich atmosphere." -- Will Viharo, author of the The Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection and the Vic Valentine, Private Eye series

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158158186
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Frankie Valentine , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
File size: 248 KB

About the Author

Frank De Blase likes the twist in the plot and the twist of the knife. He takes delight in chaos, entropy, and the wrong turns his characters make. His stories are pure pulp noir told in a language that is alliterated, obliterated, and visceral. He's madly in love with the femme fatale.

De Blase writes as a music critic every week for Rochester City Newspaper, contributes frequently to Crimespree Magazine, writes a monthly column for Skin & Ink Magazine, and photographs pin-up models for several men's magazines. He likes to sing the blues.

A Cougar's Kiss is De Blase's second book in the Frankie Valentine series and his third book for Down & Out Books. He lives is Rochester, New York, with his wife, Deborah and two cats, Rocco and Dixie.

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