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Lady in the Morgue[Reading] ➺ Lady in the Morgue By Jonathan Latimer – Varanus.us Set in Chicago, a private eye masterpiece Set in Chicago, a private eye masterpiece.

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  • Paperback
  • Lady in the Morgue
  • Jonathan Latimer
  • English
  • 17 July 2018
  • 093033079X

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  1. says:

    This third in the series of Bill Crane mysteries is the best so far Here Latimer perfects his unique mixture of screwball comedy, swing era atmosphere, wisecracking dicks, B movie pacing, intricate plotting, and an irreverent atmosphere If you re not easily offended by characters who guiltlessly consume oceans of alcohol, use a variety of quaint sexist and racist terms e.g., Filipinos are Hershey bars , and who are always willing to make a joke out of anything even a beautiful corpse then This third in the series of Bill Crane mysteries is the best so far Here Latimer perfects his unique mixture of screwball comedy, swing era atmosphere, wisecracking dicks, B movie pacing, intricate plotting, and an irreverent atmosphere If you re not easily offended by characters who guiltlessly consume oceans of alcohol, use a variety of quaint sexist and racist terms e.g., Filipinos are Hershey bars , and who are always willing to make a joke out of anything even a beautiful corpse then this might be the book for you


  2. says:

    The Lady in the Morgue opens in Chicago with the morgue attendant receiving a crank call for a Miss Daisy Stiff, who according to the attendant can t come to the phone asshe s downstairs with th other girlsCrank calls are obviously a regular occurrence with this job, and the attendant has fun with the caller and with the two newspaper reporters sitting in the waiting room An unidentified blonde, who checked into ahonky tonkhotel under the name Alice Ross has been listed as a suicide, The Lady in the Morgue opens in Chicago with the morgue attendant receiving a crank call for a Miss Daisy Stiff, who according to the attendant can t come to the phone asshe s downstairs with th other girlsCrank calls are obviously a regular occurrence with this job, and the attendant has fun with the caller and with the two newspaper reporters sitting in the waiting room An unidentified blonde, who checked into ahonky tonkhotel under the name Alice Ross has been listed as a suicide, and the reporters, along with PI Bill Crane are waiting in the morgue for someone to show who can identify the dead woman There s already an aura of mystery surrounding her death, and the waiting reporters speculate about the reasons why someone this beautiful would end her life It s an eerie, uneasy scene in the middle of a heat wave set against the maniacalfeverish cackles of a druggedcrazy damein the nearbypsychopathic hospitalThen Crane and the reporters decide to play a tasteless game and place bets on the contents of each vault Brilliant white light from a long row of bulbs on the ceiling of the room made their eyes blink Their nostrils sucked in the sweet, sharp sickening antiseptic smell of formaldehyde Icy air caused their shirts to stick clammily to their flesh The steel door shut with a muffled thud, and all three of them momentarily experienced a feeling of being trapped.While the game is a great excuse to pass time, andimportantly to eye the stiffs in the vault, it s also a perfect scene which shows both the atmosphere and the callous behaviour of the reporters Then there s Crane using his opportunity to eyeball the mystery woman The people in the vaults are no longer human they re just a sideshow, and the beautiful blonde suicide is the prize exhibit The attendant was looking at the girl s body I wonder how long a guy would live if he had a wife as swell as that He ran a yellow hand over her smooth hip You d get used to her after a while, said Crane I d like to try The attendant s yellow face was wistful I d be willing to trade my wife in if I could get a model like this Crane has been hired by his employer, Colonel Black, to ascertain the identity of the young woman, and while two men show up to ID the blonde, someone else steals her body from the vault.With the disappearance of the corpse, the mystery surrounding the woman s identity deepens Courtland, the scion of a wealthy east coast family turns up as a representative for his relatives who are concerned that the corpse may be a well heeled heiress But there s another claimant, an unhappy gangster who is looking for his runaway wife, and in the wings there s a third man also on the hunt for the gangster s wife With his sidekicks Doc Williams and Tom O Malley, Crane is determined to recover the corpse and discover her identity His investigation involves feuding gangsters, a snobby, wealthy matriarch, a sleazy hotel, a dance hall that s little better than a bordello, and even a little grave robbing.While Crane, with stubborn tenacity wants to solve the case, he s not exactly the type that sticks to the rule books Strongly individualistic, he s not the sort to be hampered by rules or status., and when it comes to his cases, he bragsI solve em, drunk or soberHe s the type of man who appears to be easy going, but in reality his seeming easy going nature is a just a mask for doing things his way, at his pace And above all, he s going to enjoy himself in the process Once Crane learns that he s working for a wealthy family, he decides to cash in on the old expense account, and he rents a very nice room in a decent hotel, and then takes advantage of room service.Bill Crane, a complete reprobate, is an amusing anti hero, the typical sort of PI, low rent and unimpressed by status markers While he doesn t appear to take the crime seriously, this is just his style While there s never any doubt that he ll solve the mystery, the fun comes from reading his tactics sleeping in, consuming huge breakfasts complete with whiskey , and generally enjoying himself when he can There are a few scenes between Crane and the female sex, and Crane isn t exactly much of a gentleman The Lady in the Morgue is highly recommended for fans of vintage crime novels.Jonathan Latimer wrote 5 Bill Crane novels Murder in the Madhouse 1935 Headed For a Hearse 1935 The Lady in the Morgue 1936 The Dead Don t Care 1938 Red Gardenias 1939


  3. says:

    This is the third in the William Crane series The books, in order are Murder in the Madhouse 1935 Headed for a Hearse 1935 The Lady in the Morgue 1936 The Dead Don t Care 1938 Red Gardenias 1939 Latimer was a journalist, Hollywood screenwriter and turned to writing fiction in the 1930 s His series featuring private eye William Crane was his first foray into writing novels He combined hardboiled crime fiction with elements of screwball comedy Interestingly, although a film of The Lady i This is the third in the William Crane series The books, in order are Murder in the Madhouse 1935 Headed for a Hearse 1935 The Lady in the Morgue 1936 The Dead Don t Care 1938 Red Gardenias 1939 Latimer was a journalist, Hollywood screenwriter and turned to writing fiction in the 1930 s His series featuring private eye William Crane was his first foray into writing novels He combined hardboiled crime fiction with elements of screwball comedy Interestingly, although a film of The Lady in the Morgue was produced in 1938, Jonathan Latimer did not write the screenplay himself In this novel, the lady of the title vanishes from the morgue, before her identity can be established William Crane, who has been sent to the morgue to discover who the young lady is, has no idea of either her identity, or who took her However, nobody seems to believe him including the police or some rather aggressive members of the mob Crane is delighted when some colleagues finally appear to help him out However , what follows is a slightly madcap chase to discover both her true identity and her body withthan one interested party claiming the lady as their own.Crane is slightly comical character He spends much of the investigation drinking and trying to catch up with his sleep However, in this fast paced tale, there is much that is serious Lost heiresses, mobsters , murder and mayhem follow Crane around Naturally, he finally pieces together the parts of the jigsaw to solve the case This is an interesting read, which has a real flavour of 1930 s Chicago and I look forward to reading the rest of the William Crane mysteries.Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review


  4. says:

    4.5


  5. says:

    More alcoholic than The Thin Man, or at least less civilized And as with at least one other Jonathan Latimer I read Soloman s Vinyard , strangely dark and really quite shocking at times Came out in 1936 Too soon to have been borrowing all his ideas from Hammett and Chandler anyway.


  6. says:

    Synopsis an unidentified blonde has been listed as a suicide Reporters and PI Bill Crane are at the morgue waiting for information.


  7. says:

    I read this when I was twelve or thirteen I wasn t a big mystery reader and I m still not A friend of mine, however, was, and he said it was one of the best books he d ever read I took it out from my local library I remember a sidekick named Wilsey who always said Hot damn I didn t like that about the book.Looking back, I can say I m very fond of it I know little about Latimer I useed book store actually gave me a book of his for free when I came in looking for LADY IN THE MORGUE I len I read this when I was twelve or thirteen I wasn t a big mystery reader and I m still not A friend of mine, however, was, and he said it was one of the best books he d ever read I took it out from my local library I remember a sidekick named Wilsey who always said Hot damn I didn t like that about the book.Looking back, I can say I m very fond of it I know little about Latimer I useed book store actually gave me a book of his for free when I came in looking for LADY IN THE MORGUE I lent it to a friend who loves mysteries He didn t ask me to and he s never given it back Anybody reading this review will know that Latimer wrote pretty respectable hardboiled detective stuff From what little I can gather about him on the web, he was not an innovator, but he could write about shocking crime in a direct way.I m very glad this is in print again Or is it out of print onceIf you like those Alan Ladd things, in which he climbs a staircase silently while wearing a fedora and a smart suit, this is the book for you.I think a movie was based on one of Latimer s novels and I have a feeling Alan Ladd was in it


  8. says:

    I m ashamed to say I ve never read any Jonathan Latimer crime novels although I have watched some of the films he wrote screenplays for, but didn t know anything about him However, after reading The Lady in the Morgue I will be looking forward to reacquainting myself with the ever drunk and darkly funny Bill Crane, the Chicago private detective who spends an awful lot of time drinking rather than detecting And yet Crane does manage to get his brain into gear and get down to business I m ashamed to say I ve never read any Jonathan Latimer crime novels although I have watched some of the films he wrote screenplays for, but didn t know anything about him However, after reading The Lady in the Morgue I will be looking forward to reacquainting myself with the ever drunk and darkly funny Bill Crane, the Chicago private detective who spends an awful lot of time drinking rather than detecting And yet Crane does manage to get his brain into gear and get down to business.In this the third Bill Crane screwball mystery, a woman s body goes missing from the morgue, Crane has been called in to find out who she was and instead he finds himself being accused of taking the body Ably assisted by 2 other P.I s from his agency, our 3 hero s stagger from witness to witness and clue to clue, crossing paths with gangsters and blondes who may or may not be involved in their case.I would just add that this book is of it s time and some of the attitudes are of the period However, this doesn t spoil the read, and it is an eye opening, witty and yet slightly mysogynistic read, but don t be put off by this Star rating would have been 4 and a half if possible


  9. says:

    This book, written in the 1930s, is a classic of screwball noir, featuring a perpetually drunk detective, loads of un PC humor and a genuinely fascinating mystery The plot features an unauthorized exhumation of a corpse, an attempt to question a bunch of pot smoking jazz musicians and a great opening scene in Chicago s city morgue I inherited a paperback copy of this book from my grandfather when he died and it totally blew my mind One reviewer quoted in a blurb on the cover called it rough, This book, written in the 1930s, is a classic of screwball noir, featuring a perpetually drunk detective, loads of un PC humor and a genuinely fascinating mystery The plot features an unauthorized exhumation of a corpse, an attempt to question a bunch of pot smoking jazz musicians and a great opening scene in Chicago s city morgue I inherited a paperback copy of this book from my grandfather when he died and it totally blew my mind One reviewer quoted in a blurb on the cover called it rough, rowdy and rum soaked, and he wasn t kidding


  10. says:

    My first Jonathan Latimer novel was a quick fast paced early screwball mystery Screwball is in reference to the humor which was dark, and especially for the times 1936 quite risque at times Bill Crane is a hard drinking, wisecracking private eye trying to figure out who a Jane Doe was and what the hell happened to her She was a gorgeous woman, yet no one officially claimed her, but someone did take the body Bill Crane is thought to have done it and that helps him with the incentive of fi My first Jonathan Latimer novel was a quick fast paced early screwball mystery Screwball is in reference to the humor which was dark, and especially for the times 1936 quite risque at times Bill Crane is a hard drinking, wisecracking private eye trying to figure out who a Jane Doe was and what the hell happened to her She was a gorgeous woman, yet no one officially claimed her, but someone did take the body Bill Crane is thought to have done it and that helps him with the incentive of finding what happened to The Lady In The Morgue

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