Wild Wives/ High Priest of California

Wild Wives/ High Priest of California

by Charles Willeford




Two titles together in one book- Wild Wives and High Priest of California! A seedy glimpse into 50s San Francisco by an unsung master of the lowdown, Charles Willeford. Used car salesmen, two-bit detectives, and psychotic dames clash against one another in the city by the Bay.

Pure Pulped CLASSIX is a garishly named effort on the part of Resurrectionary Press to provide works of pulp fiction in cleanly designed and properly typset editions.

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ISBN-13: 9781842430033
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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Wild Wives/ High Priest of California 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheoClarke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book in three parts: two novellas and a stage adaptation of one of those. The High Priest of California is a used car salesman. In this case he is a violently amoral sexual predator in fine clothing. His relationship with a mysterious woman is the whole of the story, here presented as a novella and as a play. The play is less successful as the novel because the abridgement loses some of the characters' motivations and pitches into the story later than the book as well as leaving it earlier. The characters have depth and Willesford's ear for ironic dialogue is masterly. This story may be marred for contemporary readers by the casual racism that reflects the values of 1950s America. By contrast, the much tighter Wild Wives involves casual homophobia and a less complex protagonist.