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by Raoul Whitfield

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  • ISBN 0948353260
  • ISBN13 978-0948353260
  • Language English
  • Author Raoul Whitfield
  • Publisher No Exit Press (January 1, 1988)
  • Pages 233
  • Formats docx lrf lit azw
  • Category Mystery and Suspense
  • Subcategory Thrillers and Suspense
  • Size ePub 1617 kb
  • Size Fb2 1189 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 542

Millionaire gambler Eric Vennel's yacht, "Virgin," sets sail for the Regatta at Poughkeepsie with an oddball assortment of uneasy companions-hardheaded sportswriter Al Conners; beautiful actress Carla Sand; her rival gossip columnist Rita Veld, oversized brute Mick O'Rourke and a large sampling of East and West-Coast society. Rumors of Vennel's extensive wagering on the Regatta, and a midnight attack, raise the tension to the point of murder.

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A killer stalks the guests of an eccentric millionaire at a Hudson River boating event in this classic thriller from one of the unsung masters of early noir mystery. In the years between the world wars, in the heyday of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Leslie Charteris, Raoul Whitfield was a mystery author to be reckoned with. Considered by many to be more realistic than his famous contemporaries, Whitfield wrote gripping tales of murder and mayhem, full of unanticipated twists and turns

In the 1930s, when pulp magazines like Black Mask reigned and noir fiction was in its heyday, mystery author Raoul Whitfield ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the genre’s heavy hitters

In the 1930s, when pulp magazines like Black Mask reigned and noir fiction was in its heyday, mystery author Raoul Whitfield ranked with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as one of the genre’s heavy hitters. Widely acknowledged by those in the know as a pioneer of hard-boiled detective fiction, Whitfield wrote action-packed tales of murder and mayhem that noir aficionados adored. His debut novel, Green Ice, is considered by many to be his masterpiece.

So I brought him. I want him against the background, for a book I'm thinking about writing

So I brought him. I want him against the background, for a book I'm thinking about writing. You fall hard for him, laugh once in a while at his stuff-and it'll give him a reason for sticking close to you. You like him-and you're the big boss.

The Virgin Kills book. This book deserves more attention, Raoul Whitfield is one of the best authors of early, early Noire/Hard-boiled Crime.

The Virgin Kills - Boris Dralyuk. Raoul Whitfield’s road to Black Mask has been difficult to trace, and his life after he left the magazine proved sensational enough to inspire a detective novel

The Virgin Kills - Boris Dralyuk. Raoul Whitfield’s road to Black Mask has been difficult to trace, and his life after he left the magazine proved sensational enough to inspire a detective novel. The scholars brave enough to delve into his biography-and there haven’t been many-have had to rely mostly on Whitfield’s own statements and the recollections of Prudence, substantiating whatever they could with other documents.

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Annotation: Raoul Whitfield The Virgin Kills 1. VIRGINS AFT Torry Jones stood near the rail, forward on the port side, holding a megaphone to his lips

Annotation: Raoul Whitfield The Virgin Kills 1. VIRGINS AFT Torry Jones stood near the rail, forward on the port side, holding a megaphone to his lips. He had a gal on each side of him; they acted as though they didn't mind it at all. The yacht looked sweet in the setting sun; all ruddy and trim-and very, very big. There was music somewhere aft; it died as the dirty launch wallowed, engine silent, close to the knife-edged prow. Torry called in a stern voice: Ahoy there!

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Avarm
Death in a Bowl was one of my first Kindle purchases, and I liked some of Whitfield's stories in various pulp anthologies.

I do not like to give two-star reviews. Generally, if I haven't seen what the author was trying to do, then it is best we part ways. But if I could go back in time and address myself on the point of buying this book, I would tell myself not to bother.

Boris Dralyuk has written another fine introduction. In this case it seems like special pleading. Here is his summing up:

The finest hardboiled stylists—like Whitfield, Hammett, and the consciously “ultra-hardboiled” Paul Cain—are true modernists; their dissatisfaction with language’s insufficiency, its inability to capture “naked action,” drives them toward ever-greater experimentation, ever-greater refinement. Ultimately, it drives them to silence.

THE VIRGIN KILLS is mannered and tedious, tricked out with lots of obfuscation, and solved at the end in the lamest possible way (in this, it was not too different from DEATH IN A BOWL, actually).

Does this seem funny, or contrived?

“Do you know where we’re quartered, Torry?”
Torry Jones half closed his brown eyes. “Up forward, down below,” he said. “Is he with you?”
I looked surprised. “Of course,” I said. “Mick does things for me.”
Torry looked at O’Rourke, whose big eyes were going from gal to gal.
“What sort of things do you do for Al, Mr. O’Rourke?” he asked in a peculiar voice. Mick chuckled.
“This and that,” he said finally. I nodded. “This and that, here and there,” I agreed.
Torry said: “Just now and then?”
“Yes and no,” I replied. Mick O’Rourke slapped the same thigh again. He roared with laughter.

(x 100, and you see how un-Hammett-like this is. It could definitely win a Bad Hemingway competition, however:)

“Where’s everybody?”
The lean-faced detective looked over the water of the Hudson, toward the new bridge.
“Most of ’em are in the big saloon, trying to be blasé as hell,” he said grimly, and moved away from me.
I went inside and ran into Rita Velda. She looked tired.
“Where’s everybody?” she asked me in a weary voice. “This is terrible.”
I said: “Most of ’em are in the saloon, trying to be blasé as hell.”
Her eyes widened a little. She went toward the big saloon.

Do yourself a favor. Skip it.
Malaunitly
While not well known today Raoul Whitfield was a contemporary of Dashiell Hammett, writing for magazines like Black Mask during the heyday of 'pulp fiction.' Though perhaps not as good as his best works such as "Green Ice" and "Death in a Bowl," "The Virgin Kills" is a good mystery of the hard-boiled school with plenty of action and tough characters. The story takes place on a yacht during a collegiate rowing regatta involving boats from major universities. When one of the oarsmen of the favorite boat dies mysteriously during the race suspicion falls on one character after another, several of whom have shady pasts. This is a good book for those that have read all of Hammett and Chandler and want more.