Rediscovered: Classic Crime Quips

Occasional Guest Blogger Michael S. Chong popped in news that Death is a Lovely Dame by Jeff Vorzimmer has hit the mean streets — classic lines from crime novels, classic covers.

Michael notes that it contains some excerpts from Hammett and Willeford (I would hope so!) and includes a couple of quotes he suggested. The array of covers on the cover includes Whip Hand, the Gold Medal crime novel it seems Willeford never knew was published.

A tantalizing sampler yanked straight from the steamy heart of the paperback jungle.

Sample: “She looked hot enough to catch fire, but too lazy to do anything but just lie there and smoke.” — Gil Brewer, The Vengeful Virgin, 1958

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