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Brass Cupcake af John D. MacDonald
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Brass Cupcake (original 1950; udgave 1981)

af John D. MacDonald (Forfatter)

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One of the most beloved American thriller writers of the twentieth century kicks off a rip-roaring career with his exhilarating first novel, a hard-boiled classic full of twists and turns, good intentions and bad coincidences, the stench of corruption and the pursuit of justice at any cost. Introduction by Dean Koontz Ex-cop Cliff Bartells might be the last honest man in Florence City, Florida. After quitting the force over a crisis of conscience, he takes a job at an insurance company buying back stolen jewelry. Cliff is focused on keeping the bottom line down and staying out of the spotlight. But when an affluent tourist from Boston is murdered over a hefty collection of jewelry, Cliff finds himself wrapped up in a case that's making national headlines. With the victim's beautiful niece, Melody Chance, determined to help retrieve the goods, suddenly Cliff has the partner he never knew he wanted. Now all they need is a suspect: someone capable of cold-blooded murder in the name of profit. And that could mean anyone in this crooked town. Praise for John D. MacDonald "As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me." --Dean Koontz "To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen." --Kurt Vonnegut "John D. MacDonald was a writer way ahead of his time." --John Saul… (mere)
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Titel:Brass Cupcake
Forfattere:John D. MacDonald (Forfatter)
Info:Fawcett (1981), 174 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:soft-cover

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The Brass Cupcake af John D. MacDonald (1950)

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The Brass Cupcake by John D. MacDonald was originally published in 1950 and, although he had been writing short stories for the pulp magazines for several years prior, this book has the distinction of being considered his first novel. This novel is a fine example of the hard boiled/noir traits that he was to become known for.

Set in the rich Florida tourist town of Florence Beach, the main character is a tough but straight shooting investigator for an insurance company. He is given the task of getting back the jewellery that was stolen from a rich woman tourist, but unlike most professional robberies, the victim in this case was murdered. The story twists and turns through murders, robbery, and insurance fraud while our steely jawed hero deals with police corruption, the crime syndicate and assorted other members of a picturesque rogues gallery. Along with the violence there is also an interesting romance.

The Brass Cupcake was a thrilling and fun story that eventually got nicely resolved and left me with a smile on my face. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 9, 2021 |
After writing a few average SF short stories and novels MacDonald turned to Thrillers and never looked back. Thank God for John D. MacDonald. If ever a writer had his finger on the pulse of the human animal it is him.

Good 1950s thriller with glimpses of writing greatness to come. ( )
  ikeman100 | Feb 3, 2021 |
Cleverly plotted with a surprise climax

The device used to catch the bad guys was right out of the early and mid fifties. I still recall having access to one when I was ten or eleven. My grandchildren would need to have it explained. Don't want to say more for fear of leaving a spoiler.
Some reviewers object to MacDonald characterization of women. I believe his characterization reflects the behavior and activity of that time. We can condemn those social mores, but need to recognize that time laid the foundation for the world we have now: freedoms and warts both. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jul 15, 2018 |
BRASS CUPCAKE was written in 1950. Cliff, an ex-cop, works for insurance company. When an elderly Bostonian visiting Fla. is robbed & killed Cliff tries to recover her jewelry. Along the way he falls in love with her niece. With this excellent whodunit I can visit Fla. vicariously after shoveling snow. -- ( )
  MinaIsham | Mar 14, 2011 |
A little less well put together than MacDonald's later novels, but a hard-to-put-down story nevertheless, even if there is a lot to dislike about the protagonist (running down people with a car), the story itself (chock full of extreme male chauvinism, with more than one character hitting his woman to get her to think straight), and some of the most over-the-top purple prose I have ever had the displeasure to read whenever MacDonald's describes a love scene. The conclusion is satisfying, however, and there are some clever twists that remind you what a great writer MacDonald was on his way to becoming. ( )
  datrappert | May 11, 2009 |
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One of the most beloved American thriller writers of the twentieth century kicks off a rip-roaring career with his exhilarating first novel, a hard-boiled classic full of twists and turns, good intentions and bad coincidences, the stench of corruption and the pursuit of justice at any cost. Introduction by Dean Koontz Ex-cop Cliff Bartells might be the last honest man in Florence City, Florida. After quitting the force over a crisis of conscience, he takes a job at an insurance company buying back stolen jewelry. Cliff is focused on keeping the bottom line down and staying out of the spotlight. But when an affluent tourist from Boston is murdered over a hefty collection of jewelry, Cliff finds himself wrapped up in a case that's making national headlines. With the victim's beautiful niece, Melody Chance, determined to help retrieve the goods, suddenly Cliff has the partner he never knew he wanted. Now all they need is a suspect: someone capable of cold-blooded murder in the name of profit. And that could mean anyone in this crooked town. Praise for John D. MacDonald "As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me." --Dean Koontz "To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen." --Kurt Vonnegut "John D. MacDonald was a writer way ahead of his time." --John Saul

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