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Solomon's Vineyard➽ [Download] ✤ Solomon's Vineyard By Jonathan Latimer ➲ – Varanus.us First written in but banned from publication in the United States until , this hard boiled mystery covers such unsavory but potent topics as grave robbing, religious cults, kinky sex, and whorehouse First written inbut banned from publication in the United States until , this hard boiled mystery covers such unsavory but potent topics as grave robbing, religious cults, kinky sex, and whorehouse violence In this classic noir novel, a private eye from St Louis, who likes his steak rare, his liquor hard, and his women fallen, arrives at the small town of Paulton to protect his wealthy client s daughter from a suspicious religious cult Throughout the span of the case, he confronts Paulton s mob boss, avenges his partner s death, and falls for a classic femme fatale named Princess.

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    Have Kindle books private eye from St Louis, who likes his steak rare, his liquor hard, and his women fallen, arrives at the small town of Paulton to protect his wealthy client s daughter from a suspicious religious cult Throughout the span of the case, he confronts Paulton s mob boss, avenges his partner s death, and falls for a classic femme fatale named Princess."/>
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Solomon's Vineyard
  • Jonathan Latimer
  • English
  • 24 March 2017
  • 1854800760

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    Have Kindle books private eye from St Louis, who likes his steak rare, his liquor hard, and his women fallen, arrives at the small town of Paulton to protect his wealthy client s daughter from a suspicious religious cult Throughout the span of the case, he confronts Paulton s mob boss, avenges his partner s death, and falls for a classic femme fatale named Princess."/>
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    The best hardboiled detective novel you ve probably never heard of, Solomon s Vineyard was published in Britain in 1941, but never issued in unexpurgated form in its author s native U.S.A until 1988 As Detective Karl Craven tells us in his brief introduction This is a wild one it s got everything but an abortion and a tornado Does it ever It begins like classic Hammett a wandering daughter job, a murdered partner, Red Harvest style intrigue , gradually transforms into Chandler bar The best hardboiled detective novel you ve probably never heard of, Solomon s Vineyard was published in Britain in 1941, but never issued in unexpurgated form in its author s native U.S.A until 1988 As Detective Karl Craven tells us in his brief introduction This is a wild one it s got everything but an abortion and a tornado Does it ever It begins like classic Hammett a wandering daughter job, a murdered partner, Red Harvest style intrigue , gradually transforms into Chandler baroque, and then three quarters of the way through metamorphoses again, this time into The Arabian Nights Mike Hammer style a crypt crammed with gold and jewels revealed to our hero by a hot blonde called The Princess, who is very into very rough sex Want to hearIt also features a razor wielding negro bouncer in a bordello, a brother mourning his sister who, when reckless with grief, fires randomly into a steam room, a black robed assassin, a roadhouse shoot out which ends with an exploding car, and a religious cult grown rich on bootleg hootch that still has time for human sacrifice and purchases of large lots of rotting meat Plus a dash of necrophilia and well, kind of the resurrection of the dead I couldn t decide whether this was the sleaziest great detective novel I d ever read, or just the greatest sleazy detective novel I d ever read, so I erred on the side of caution and gave it four stars Then I thought about it for three years, and one day said to myself what the hell, give it five


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    That s Solomon s Vineyard What You heard of it, the driver said A religious colony Raise grapesand hell Dunn dunn dunnnnnnnnnnn Private dick Karl Craven is hired to spring a rich man s daughter from a freaky cult and enters into a world of cranky gangsters, willing women andreligious nutjobs than you can shake a shepherd s crook at.Labeled too hot for US publication in 1941, it seems pretty tame by today s standards Because NO ONE EVER HAD S E X way back when Right v That s Solomon s Vineyard What You heard of it, the driver said A religious colony Raise grapesand hell Dunn dunn dunnnnnnnnnnn Private dick Karl Craven is hired to spring a rich man s daughter from a freaky cult and enters into a world of cranky gangsters, willing women andreligious nutjobs than you can shake a shepherd s crook at.Labeled too hot for US publication in 1941, it seems pretty tame by today s standards Because NO ONE EVER HAD S E X way back when Right view spoiler Okay, it s probably unlikely your mom was screaming Hit me Hit me when you were conceived, but you never know hide spoiler Though there s nothing particularly outstanding here, it s still a swell read, PLUS there s the added bonus of possibly the greatest gangster name ever Pug Banta.Noir fans should not miss this one Bodies always give me goose pimples


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    opening lines From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy I saw weight there, and control, and, brother, those are things I like in a woman I put down my bags and went after her along the station platform The pulpiest pulp detective novel to come out of the 40 s The story was considered too risque at the time of publication for the sensibilities of readersused to the posh set opening lines From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy I saw weight there, and control, and, brother, those are things I like in a woman I put down my bags and went after her along the station platform The pulpiest pulp detective novel to come out of the 40 s The story was considered too risque at the time of publication for the sensibilities of readersused to the posh settings and the stiff upper lip elegance of Sherlock Holmes or Lord Peter Whimsey Even for me, a long time fan of the noir movies and of the hard boiled detectives, the first impression on meeting private investigator Karl Craven is that this is a tongue in cheek parody of the genre stereotypes A little research though demonstrates that the hero of Jonathan Latimer s adventure is, instead of a pastiche, the original mould from which so many other detective will be later cast Together with Chandler and Hammett, Latimer is one of the founding fathers of the style that stormed and brought down the rules of the criminal investigation game in the British mannner.Karl Craven is not a nice man He is a cynic without scruples, a lecherous drunkard, an opportunist and a liar He might be loud, mean, over the top, yet thetime you spend in his company, theyou realize that he is the real McCoy, a true product of the hard times of Prohibion, mob rule and economic depresson And he s good at what he does, which is why a rich industrialist has hired him to go to a small town in the Midwest and rescue his only daughter from the clutches of a secretive cult.Karl s atitudes towards Negroes , anything wearing a skirt, healthy food, domestic violence and other hot button issues might be a turn off for a thin skinned reader, but if you can relax and put all these quirks in the context of society as it was in the early 40 s, you might just have in your hand one of the best adventures in the field I was having a good time There were only three things I really liked in the world food, fighting and women Oh yes, and maybe liquor Good times for Karl Craven in a nowhere town include, but are not limited to murder most foul of his former partner, sent ahead to test the field barroom brawling with the local mobster, delightfully named Pug Banta seducing the redhead moll of said Pug Banta beating up the matron, the bouncer and a couple of the whores in the local bawdy house then thoroughly thrashing the place as a lesson not to piss him off an exchange of machine gun fire during a romantic dinner, with a side dish of a burning car through the windows view spoiler looting a treasure trove worthy of the former pirates of the Caribbean hide spoiler eating about four pounds of red meat each day he needs the energy for his night time wenching fighting persistent hangovers with a bottle of brandy and a dozen raw eggs each morning a bare knuckle fight in a sauna that seems lifted right out of a James Bond movie, only written a couple of decades early view spoiler being used as a sex toy by a blonde angel with BDSM inclinations hide spoiler view spoiler spooky hauntings and blood sacrifices from dead prophets hide spoiler One significant short passage shows that Karl Craven knows what he s doing he can either follow the police procedures and investigate clues, interview witnesses, go on stakeouts or he can kick the hornet nest , raise hell and see who comes after him with a crowbar His style requires a man who can take a punch, one who can blend in with the bad guys, who talks their language and walks their walk If the style sounds familiar, it may be because it is the exact same method advocated by the Continental Op in Red Harvest , another paunchy, middle aged, cynical, hard drinking and hard fisted private investigator To continue with the comparison, both investigators use unorthodox methods, taking the law into their own hands and administering the punishments as they saw fit for the crimes, yet in their own minds, they are still the good guys who keep the rest of us sheep safe from the wolvesUsually Justice was supposed to be a tall dame in a white robe, but in Paulton, I decided, if the citizens ever stuck a statue of Justice on the courthouse steps, it would have to be a fat, red faced guy with a scar on his belly Since I mentioned earlier Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, I will finish with explaining why I am holding back a star, even as I admit Solomon s Vineyard is in many ways just as good as itsfamous counterparts The style of Latimer is sharp, genuine, effective and Karl is entertaining in his first person narrative, yet the prose doesn t soar for me like the wild metaphors of Phillip Marlowe and it doesn t quite reach the emotional intensity of Sam Spade It s fun, butthan once I wished fordepth andnuanced, better fleshed out secondary characters.I plan to readfrom the short list of Latimer s novels, and even to watch some of the movies where he worked as scriptwriter It s not too late to turn even the present novel into a movie I believe it will be a success, with fun lines like this last quoteCharles, it would be nice now if you got me that blonde from the Vineyard He rolled his eyes You don t want her, Mister Craven How do you know what I want They say that blonde s poison Listen, Charles, if blondes were poison, I d have died thirty years ago


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    This is a classic piece of pulp fiction that was first published in Britain in 1941, but which was deemed much too racy for the U.S at that time Accordingly, it was first published here in an sanitized version that glossed over all the parts that were too adult for the delicate sensibilities of the American reading public The opening couple of sentences of the original version might suggest why From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The si This is a classic piece of pulp fiction that was first published in Britain in 1941, but which was deemed much too racy for the U.S at that time Accordingly, it was first published here in an sanitized version that glossed over all the parts that were too adult for the delicate sensibilities of the American reading public The opening couple of sentences of the original version might suggest why From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy I saw weight there, and control, and, brother, those are things I like in a woman Our intrepid narrator is a man named Karl Craven who s just arrived in a small, out of the way Midwestern town on some mysterious errand We learn that he s been preceded in town by a partner, or an accomplice as Craven checks into the hotel, we re not yet sure which Things get complicated right away, though,when it turns out that the man Craven is to meet has been shot to death The killer is still at large.The town is as corrupt as they come in a pulp novel of this sort, from the sheriff on down But added to the mix is a mysterious religious retreat, know as Solomon s Vineyard, which sits just outside of town No one is quite sure exactly what goes on behind the closed doors of the Vineyard, but you can bet it s titillating and maybe even dangerous.Karl Craven is a large man with even larger appetites and he drinks and eats his way through this story at a mind boggling pace At one point, he has a four pound steak for dinner, along with all the trimmings and a half an apple pie for dessert His sexual appetites are pretty much on the same scale.It would be unfair to reveal much of anything about the plot, but this is a story with lots of gunplay and other malicious violence There s tough dames and a fair amount of rough, kinky sex, some grave robbing and a bizarre religious cult headed by a princess who may be even too much for a man like Craven to handle.If your a fan of the sort of trashy pulp fiction that was popular at the middle of the last century, you ll probably love this book which is so much over the top that it almost becomes a parody of the genre Latimer, who would ultimately become a fairly successful Hollywood screenwriter walks you right up to the line but steps back just in time to give you a really fun read


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    3.5 Stars From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy I saw weight there, and control, and, brother, those were things I like in a woman. Yea, from that first line, we know that this book puts the hard in hard boiled This one might just be the hardest of them all I can see now why it s publication was delayed for FORTY years due to content It follows private detec 3.5 Stars From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy I saw weight there, and control, and, brother, those were things I like in a woman. Yea, from that first line, we know that this book puts the hard in hard boiled This one might just be the hardest of them all I can see now why it s publication was delayed for FORTY years due to content It follows private detective Karl Craven, who s hired to travel to a small town to convince a young woman to leave a religious sex cult that has wild orgies every year in the woods, worships a rotting corpse they keep in a temple, and chooses a girl to go marry the corpse and have sex with it Like Craven says about his story in the prologueIt s got everything but an abortion and a tornadoI thought it was pretty cool that Craven s true nature was kept vague throughout the story, causing the reader to never fully know where he stood on certain things and never be able to predict what he would do We know he s supposed to be a detective, but is he disguising himself as one Is that a lie Is he a con man Or maybe he s just the worst private eye in the world and is just using the job to bed down as many ladies as possible This added an interesting dynamic on top of the craziness But at the the same time, it was a thin line to walk for a writer because I also felt like I was distanced from him as well He also sometimes seemed like a real dick in the way he treated women, minorities, or for that matter, every other human being he came in contact withI also thought the book was unexpectedly funny because Craven seemed like he didn t really give a damn about solving the case for most of the story He spends a good amount of the book either napping, eating, taking multiple showers, reading Black Mask magazines, or having rough sex with the cult s princess, who likes to get punched around while in bed instead of getting kissed I just got a kick out of how laid back he was, as if he thought that the pleasures in life were the priority and everything else would work itself out in the end And who knows, maybe it will You ll have to read to find out I took a peek into the grave Flowers had almost covered the coffin I thought there goes 135 It was the first time I d ever spent that much on a doll without getting something in return.


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    Karl Craven believed there were two ways to approach the private detective business underground or on top The way he saw it,Underground you had the element of surprise on your side, but it was harder to move around On top you went everywhere, taking cracks at everybody, and everybody taking cracks at you You had to be tough to play it that wayCraven was tough He could stop a lousy moke s fists with his face or scuff up a gangsters shoes with his ribs He liked his men manly, his Negroe Karl Craven believed there were two ways to approach the private detective business underground or on top The way he saw it,Underground you had the element of surprise on your side, but it was harder to move around On top you went everywhere, taking cracks at everybody, and everybody taking cracks at you You had to be tough to play it that wayCraven was tough He could stop a lousy moke s fists with his face or scuff up a gangsters shoes with his ribs He liked his men manly, his Negroes servile, and his sex rough He was a man s man with big appetites and I m not just talking about the 4 lb steaks and six double lamb chops he scarfed down regularly In other words, Karl Craven was not the kind of guy folks would describe as warm and fuzzy Truth be told, he was an asshole.But sometimes when you are reading hardboiled pulp fiction, warm and fuzzy just doesn t cut it You need someone who reminds you of the ripe odor of the locker room at the boxing gym This is that kind of book Written in 1941 and banned from publication until 1988, Solomon s Vineyard has it all, grave robbing, religious cults, kinky sex, and whorehouse violence Whatcould a guy want An affordable price How does 99 on Kindle sound Bottom line This book is what it is and what it is is entertaining gritty mid century pulp fiction Be warned, if my review so far hasn t tipped you off that this book is far from politically correct, take it from me, this book is far from politically correct Karl Craven is not someone whose actions I approve of If you find misogyny, racism and homophobia in a fictional setting intolerable, you may wish to look elsewhere for your reading material.FYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements 5 Stars Nothing at all If it ain t broke, don t fix it 4 Stars It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it s pretty good as it is 3 Stars A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable 2 Stars This book needs a lot of work A good start would be to change the plot, the character development, the writing style and the ending 1 Star The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire


  7. says:

    Six years before Mickey Spillane blasted across the pages of history, there was a hardboiled world of Hammett, Chandler, Horace McCoy, James Cain, and Jonathan Latimer He wrote a book Solomon s Vineyard that was so violent and filled with sexual heat that it was banned in the US for forty years.If you like Mickey Spillane, you will like Latimer This book is red hot, sizzling, and as violent as it can get And, the most unbelievable thing is that it was published in 1941 They didn t ha Six years before Mickey Spillane blasted across the pages of history, there was a hardboiled world of Hammett, Chandler, Horace McCoy, James Cain, and Jonathan Latimer He wrote a book Solomon s Vineyard that was so violent and filled with sexual heat that it was banned in the US for forty years.If you like Mickey Spillane, you will like Latimer This book is red hot, sizzling, and as violent as it can get And, the most unbelievable thing is that it was published in 1941 They didn t have books like this then, did they The basic story involves a hardnosed PI, Karl Craven, who heads to a small town to bring a rich girl back to her family She has been brainwashed and is under the control of the Solomon s Vineyard cult on a property sitting above the small town The town is as corrupt as can be and is controlled by a mobster and his goons Who knew they had cults like this back then There is gambling, bars, all out gun battles in the streets, murder, and general mayhem at every turn and a hardboiled attitude that makes one reconsider what hardboiled fiction is all about.The most amazing thing about this book though is not the cult, which feels like a sixties sort of thing, but the whole attitude beginning with the first page The opening line is as follows From the way her buttocks looked under the black silk dress, I knew she d be good in bed The silk was tight and under it the muscles worked slow and easy What an amazing opening particularly for a 1941 book Who is this Princess The narrator explains She walked towards the waiting room She had gold blonde hair, and curves, and breasts the size of Cuban pineapples Every now and then, walking, she d swing a hip until it looked like it was going out of joint and then she d throw it back in place with a snap, making the buttocks quiver under this dress that was like black skin I guess she knew I was following her Wow And, that s the leader of the cult the Princess as they all call her who controls the cult and the town with an iron fist when she isn t busy seducing PIs in her sadomasochistic fashion.Our PI narrator gets to his broken down hotel and sees that the women were looking at him One of them was younger than then others a pretty redhead with her skirt pulled high over crossed legs Her face was sullen, and when I looked at her she stared right back at me She had beautiful legs And the first time he sees her standing up, he notes that she was something to see She had a million dollar figure, as they say She was tall, and it was nice to see good breasts on a tall babe The descriptions of the various characters in the book are great The chief of police is described as a fat man with a red face and pale blue eyes A hood is described as a sour looking guy in a double breasted blue suit Another hood had mean blue eyes and he needed a shave He had the longest arms I ever saw on anythingcivilized than an orangotang And when it comes to all out fights, nothing is tougher than Latimer s writing Part of the man s face tore away and he slid out of sight Waterman lay on the floor, bent like a pretzel The narrator explains that Ginger had long, slender legs I wished we were alone Blood always excites me This book is as hardboiled, violent, and rough as anything you will find anywhere It s simply hardboiled goodness If you can get your grubby little hands on it, do so And you will marvel that anything like this was published in 1941


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    Written in 1941 but banned from publication in the US until 1988, this is a raucous and raunchy story of hardboiled mayhem We follow the protagonist, a PI, as he attempts to rescue a young girl from an insidious religious cult, gets tangled up with the local mob, seeks revenge for his murdered partner, and pursues a femme fatale as the dead bodies pile up By today s standards there s nothing overly outrageous here, but at the time I can see how the raunchy language, S M scenes and gratuitous v Written in 1941 but banned from publication in the US until 1988, this is a raucous and raunchy story of hardboiled mayhem We follow the protagonist, a PI, as he attempts to rescue a young girl from an insidious religious cult, gets tangled up with the local mob, seeks revenge for his murdered partner, and pursues a femme fatale as the dead bodies pile up By today s standards there s nothing overly outrageous here, but at the time I can see how the raunchy language, SM scenes and gratuitous violence wouldn t pass muster with a publisher or a mainstream audience This is classic noir with an extremely hard edge


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    This was the second time I d read this.I own the Black Mask Online edition but decided to download the Kindle version for reading while on vacation I became suspicious about the Kindle version after reading comments someone over in the Hardboiled Group Reading Thread posted re the Kindle edition being an edited version of this.I decided to wait to return home and read my original Black Mask Online edition.I had fun with this As much fun as I had the first time I read it.As good as this is, it This was the second time I d read this.I own the Black Mask Online edition but decided to download the Kindle version for reading while on vacation I became suspicious about the Kindle version after reading comments someone over in the Hardboiled Group Reading Thread posted re the Kindle edition being an edited version of this.I decided to wait to return home and read my original Black Mask Online edition.I had fun with this As much fun as I had the first time I read it.As good as this is, it s not up to quality of Latimer s best pulp fiction novels.Those would be his remarkable alcoholic private eye Bill Crane series Murder In The Madhouse 1935 , Headed For A Hearse 1935 , The Lady In The Morgue 1936 , and The Dead Don t Care 1938 There s also a title I don t own but would love to find Red Gardenias 1939 reissued as Some Dames Are Deadly 1955.The detective in Solomon s who can remember names seems to have a voracious appetite for food, booze, and women and likes to annoy people He s kind of an unpleasant wise guy and I d hate to spend a long train ride with him in a seat beside mine.The plot bears a slight resemblance to the plot of Red Harvest by Dashiell HammettHe doesn t so much as solve the mystery case crimes as the resolutions sort of fall into his lap.I ve read comments from some people who were upset by the occasional racist and sexist jibe.All I can say is that style of writing is from an era when people were not sensitive to racial or sexual stereotyping.Maybe offended readers should have watched the Whoopi Goldberg disclaimer at the beginning of the DVD collection The Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 3 which can be viewed here


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    A quick, fun, gin soaked ride of a story In many ways, ahead of its time, especially in its approach to sex and violence probably why it wasn t in print in the US unedited until 1988 Even though it was written in 1941, it feels muchlike a Mickey Spillane era story.As it states in a kind of mini prologue I m paraphrasing This is a wild one It has everything but an abortion and a tornado.I would be interested in reading THE FIFTH GRAVE, the edited version that was published in the US A quick, fun, gin soaked ride of a story In many ways, ahead of its time, especially in its approach to sex and violence probably why it wasn t in print in the US unedited until 1988 Even though it was written in 1941, it feels muchlike a Mickey Spillane era story.As it states in a kind of mini prologue I m paraphrasing This is a wild one It has everything but an abortion and a tornado.I would be interested in reading THE FIFTH GRAVE, the edited version that was published in the US to compare the differences.The only reason I m not giving it five stars is because the story is so secondary to the scenes and atmosphere that by the end, I just wantedscenes and didn t really care about the story Rarely do I embrace style, over substance, but this book is so hard boiled that it s hard to read without a smile on your face

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