Sunday, October 23, 2005
Book Number 39
April Evil (1955) by John D. MacDonald
This is a very classic pulp crime novel written by a master during the golden age.
It is a multi-threaded crime story centered around a wealthy miser living in a small coastal town. Estranged relatives and big city criminals are circling over the month of April to part him from his hoarded wealth. Finally, one day, the whole caper comes together in his vast mansion and explodes in a deadly confrontation.
JD MacDonald, like most of the best pulp writers, excels at sketching quick characterizations. Women often are pulling themselves up from their white trash roots or using their 'sluttish' wiles to forge their way. Gangsters are hard and everyone will do just about anything for the big score.
This is fun book and an easy read.
Posted by Jason L