The Cheaters / Dial M for Man-Orrie Hitt

The Cheaters / Dial M for Man

Orrie Hitt

Stark House, Oct 28 2011, $19.95

ISBN: 978-1933586359

 

“The Cheaters.”  Big twentyish Clint Mayer leaves his hometown of Beaverkill for working class Wilton.  He meets Charlie Fletcher, owner of a bar near the docks.  Charlie also runs a prostitution ring, in which he pays Police Detective Red Brandon extortion money.  Clint offers to buy out Charlie’s businesses until he meets the man’s wife Debbie.  He revises his business plan to include Debbie.  However, he failed to understand how ambitious and lethal Debbie is.

 

“Dial M For Man.”  TV repairman Hob Sampson makes a house call to fix the set of Doris Condon, wife of wealthy Ferris who holds a grudge against him.  Upon seeing the beautiful blonde bombshell, Hob knows she is trouble for him.  He tries to focus on his Kathy, but like a moth to a light he cannot resist Doris.  Although he knows what he does is amoral, Hob needs Ferris eliminated so he can be with Doris; who has a different ending in mind for her new knight in shining armor,

 

These two exciting 1950s pulp fiction reprints share a common theme as outlined in the Afterward (by Michael Hemmingson) of a man losing his moral compass to a femme fatale married to a rich older person.  Both entries are mindful of James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, as Orrie Hitt provides two exciting character driven thrillers that will have readers seeking more from an author who brings out the gritty sleazy side of 1950s towns; Brian Ritt’s Introduction provides more on Mr. Hitt’s sense of place.

 

Harriet Klausner

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