Wanted: Chandler’s Linda Conquest

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Wanted: Linda Conquest

Last seen: In Raymond Chandler’s The High Window (1942).

The artists on this great site create composite images based on the literary descriptions of fictional characters using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software.

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There’s a New Hood in Town—SMT Maxx introduces Vic Del Frate

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Vic Del Frate isn’t your average hood. He is violent, crude, greedy—but he also has a head for numbers. He’s a figurer, a schemer, a manipulator who’s as deadly with his .45 as he is playing the stock market of pre-Crash Wall Street.

Worst of all, he’s head over two-tone-wingtip heels in love with the woman of a rich con-man. Vic infiltrates a major stock market scam, derails the grand opening of a new railroad, and accidentally blows up a train station before his ugly past catches up with him…. Continue reading

Unnecessary Roughness: Vic Del Frate and the Two Wops

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razorI admit, this might not have been my smartest move. Before the hour of noon, I’d made an enemy of a rich and influential con. For a girl I’d seen for less than two minutes the night before, and had absolutely no reason to believe that she even remembered me. Sometimes even a figurer like me acts like a fool. Continue reading

Out On May 15, 2014: Fratricide

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GunBarrelVic Del Frate isn’t your average hood. He is violent, crude, greedy—but he sure has a head for numbers! He’s a figurer, a schemer, a manipulator who’s as deadly with his hands as he is playing the stock market of pre-Crash Wall Street… Continue reading

The Tough Guy’s Way of Getting Things DONE!

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mikehammerWorld War II put a temporary dent into the popularity of Asian martial arts in America that “jiu jitsu” had briefly enjoyed in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It wasn’t until the aptly titled “chop sockey” movies out of Hong Kong that Western audiences reconnected with the highly stylized if not artistically choreographed exotics. Until then, the shortest way from Point A to Point B was a straight right to the chops… Continue reading

Gratuitous Violence: Sticks and Stones May Break His Bones

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hammettIt’s all well and good reading the foreign imports of fencing and fighting manuals published in the United States in the 19th century. Especially the one or two stick and staff fighting books.

But the Yanks knew their way around a stick all by their lonesome.

Dashiell Hammett includes a great fight scene in his 1924 short story “Nightmare Town”… Continue reading