Wild Wives

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Author: Charles Willeford (W. Franklin Sander)
Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,156 / 83 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 94.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,942
Added to site: 2009.06.28
mnybks.net#: 24571
Genres: Pulp, Post-1930, Thriller

e angled his wheels hard and skidded to a stop inside the garage. We got out of the cab and I handed him three bucks. I took Miss Weintraub by the arm and led her into the tunnel.

"Where does this go?"

"To the lobby of the Saint Francis," I said.

"I never knew this tunnel was here."

"I'm hoping your friends don't know about it either."

As soon as we gained the lavish lobby I took a short breather, reaching for a cigarette. Then I remembered they were still on my desk, and with the girl holding my arm, I headed for the cigar counter. The man in the gray suit was smoking a cigar and leaning against the counter. His leathery face wore a wide grin. He lifted the brim of his hat, pulled it down again.

"Oh, there you are, Miss Weintraub."

"Where's your friend?" I asked pleasantly, hiding my chagrin.

"He's outside waiting in the car, but we aren't taking you along. I'd like to, but it's a private party. Some other time, maybe."

He was cocky, well pleased


Average Rating of 3.8 from 6 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

Hard-boiled detective fiction in the noir tradition of sex and violence. A gritty, but not-too-bright private detective and somebody else's wife are the main characters. There's only one wife, despite the title, the detective does no detecting, and it's otherwise forgettable. At least I hope so.

H. E. Parmer

Excellent hard-boiled detective yarn, with a plot vaguely reminiscent of the 1950 film noir thriller Where Danger Lives. A down-at-the-heels private eye, a dangerous dame, snappy dialog, a touch of comedy, some deft characterization and a surprisingly grim denouement -- really, what more could you ask for?


Just brilliant. Funny, fast-paced, with a touch of anguish. If you have your nerves shot, this is the best cure you can have. Ingenious, humourouse, just a bit lemon dramatique. The end is wonting, too meek, too nothing, but you get 96% of good read.


Pure pulp, raw and violent, starring private investigator Jacob Blake. The characters and action are extreme, you might flinch but you won't be bored. Give this one a try if you are a fan of the pulp genre.

Warren Stalley

For me this writer is just as good as Hammett or Chandler. This pulp noir story follows a small time private detective through a hellish journey when he is hired by a mysterious woman. I was gripped from the first page to the last and urge any curious reader to give this short novel a chance.


Witty, captivating and good descriptive story line!

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