I am sure that every review of this book is going to start the same way, so why should I be any different? I think the biggest problem I had with it was personal: the main character is a con man. He contributed to a year-long one-time fundraiser for the Club conducted throughout the year 1939, for which he was awarded a miniature of the coveted Explorers Club Medal, No. Archived from on April 10, 2007. If not Gold Medal, then there were quite a few others that in my opinion should have welcomed the chance to print this. The conspirators, all from the dictator's inner circle, want to steal 65 million dollars that the dictator has hidden away all over the world.
The Dents had been living in for some time, but had returned to La Plata so that Mrs. His original goal was to become a banker. It's served him fairly well so far: he's managed never to be arrested -- or at least not to be taken seriously enough when he's had his run-ins with the law for them to bother, say, fingerprinting him. In 1924, Dent became a telegraph operator for in. The story is very violent, fitting the genre, but it works very well.
Almost gets an extra star from me for the great title. All your main themes and everything else has to be established in the first third, developed in the second third, and resolved in the last third. Yes, it was 1956, but come on. Honey in his Mouth has some nice premises, and the bigger plot -- to steal El Presidente's-stash -- is, if somewhat over-elaborate and complicated, an entertaining one. The ending really gives all characters what they deserve. I've been looking for a copy of Honey in His Mouth for a while now-I finally broke down and ordered it on Amazon free with my coupon, by the way.
A last novel, Lady in Peril, was released as half of an Ace Double the month that Lester died. He was the only child of Bernard Dent, a , and Alice Norfolk, a teacher before her marriage. I would've like to see more of Miss Muirz who had an air of danger and mystery surrounding her and a decent back story to boot - however, grifter Harsh held the majority of the spotlight - not a bad thing, I just wanted a slightly different focus. He earned both his and , passed both the electricians' and plumbers' trade exams, and was an avid mountain climber. After Dell imploded its pulp line in May 1931, Lester retreated to Missouri to regroup. If you're feeling like a classic noir novel, this is not a bad choice.
Brother recruits Harsh and his girlfriend and sidekick, Vera Sue Crosby, into a complex scam involving a South American strongman's beautiful former mistress, a corrupt physician and an Arab financial mastermind. Written 1959; first published 2009. Although it takes him a while before he catches on, Harsh is recruited to be a stand-in for a South American dictator whom he closely resemblances, down to the same rare blood type. His fame rests on the Doc Savage novels, which are best described as spirited juvenile hokum. So, all I will say is this: A shifty guy named Walter Harsh, who scratches out a barely legal living as a photographer, is approached by a shady man who has a money-making scheme.
A grifter and an attractive accomplice become embroiled in a scheme to impersonate a South American president. Unsympathetic Harsh gets his comeuppance, too, in a nice and typical noir conclusion; Dent presumably conceived the whole story just with this particular concluding scene in mind, but he does a decent job of it, and most of the ride is almost as much fun. Dent was able to use the freedom that his new-found financial security allowed him, to learn and to explore. Lester Dent, as far as he is going to be remembered, will be known primarily as the author of all but 20 of the 181 Doc Savage novels published in the pulp magazine of the same title in the 1930s and 40s. Lester Dent: The Man, His Craft, and His Market. The Dents traveled extensively as well, enough to earn Lester a membership in the.
This novel was written in 1956, three years before Dent's death, but apparently never published until Hard Case Crime purchased it from Dent's estate circa 2009. The truth is everyone in this book is a louse-the main cast of characters are all vicious, greedy, rapacious self centered and amoral slime. Dent also appears in 's Hector Lassiter novel 2014 , which touches on Dent's passion for ham radio and aerial photography enterprises, circa 1950. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. He attended a local one-room school house, often paying for tuition with furs that he had caught.
But the various machinations and quite a few of the characters are entertaining, and Dent writes a good, fast-paced story: Honey in his Mouth is a very solid pulp-thriller. To do so they need to find someone who can pass as an exact double for El Presidente and that person is none other than Walter Harsh. Yes, it has its occasional genre-bound cheezeball moments, but whatever, so does Life, and this book's only 2. These guys hire him to impersonate someone, and instead of just doing it and making a lot of money, he keeps trying to escape, or otherwise botch their plans. Hardcase Crime published his noir novel, Honey in His Mouth, to rave reviews in 2009.