Dan J. Marlowe once declared in a newspaper column that his stories didn't care who wrote them. Readers of his prolific hardboiled detective tales are grateful that the stories chose him.
You wouldn't think he'd end up a writer if you looked at his resume: his mother died young and he was raised by two aunts. He graduated from Bentley School of Accounting and Finance. He worked as an assistant manager, was office manager for a wholesale tobacco company, and he liked to gamble professionally. After his wife died he left Washington DC behind, moved to New York, and became a writer. His first novel was published when Marlowe was 45 years old. A strange twist of fate caused a real-life bandit to become a fan of his work and eventually a collaborator in his novels.
In this story, Tony Alfiera and Marty Donovan were a team. They worked together on the police force and were both what you would call "good cops". Like any team they shared details of their private lives with each other: Marty knew Tony cheated on his wife Lenore, but Tony didn't know that Marty had fallen in love with her. An unauthorized stake-out to catch a jewel thief ends with Lenore a widow, the murderer on the run, and Marty in the most difficult position of his career.
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Good dark detective story.
A solid Dan Marlowe novel. Not his best one but good.
First. time. Well done.
Pretty good dark "noir" mystery.
Ending..quite a surprise.
He did a good job.
Did it on one long car trip.