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Book Title: Violence Is My Business|
Date of issue: 1964
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The author of the book: Stephen Marlowe
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.54 MB
Edition: Gold Medal
Read full description of the books Violence Is My Business:VIOLENCE IS MY BUSINESS. (1958). Stephen Marlowe. ***1/2.
Reissued as an attempt to bring out the writers from America’s Golden Age of detective novelists, I stumbled across this book at a used book store. I had not heard of Marlowe, but, apparently he was a well-known writer of his times. He was certainly no slouch in his output, having about sixty novels published under this and other names. This novel is one in his series featuring his detective protagonist Chester Drum. Drum is a starving P.I. who gets involved in the suicide of a college professor, hired by his wife to find out the reasons for the act. We soon learn that there were lots of reasons for the dirty deed, ones that involved a variety of reasons for the professor to take his own life. The author was a good writer, but the novel moves ahead in a pedestrian manner. It’s much like reading a term paper from a class on detective fiction writing. Marlowe was very much a writer of his times, and references to current events clearly form the settings. We do find that Drum was an aficionado of cars of the times, especially his own, which he soups up in a variety of ways that I can’t explain. The setting for this novel was in D.C. and nearby parts of Virginia, so the landmarks are familiar. It soon becomes obvious, however, that this was written before the advent of the Interstate Highway system. I can’t remember the last time I ever got off I-95 and travelled through Richmond on what are now their side streets. I find it hard to believe that this writer should have plunged into obscurity so soon after he finished writing. I do think that his works warrant a second look by today’s readers.
Read information about the authorAka Milton S. Lesser, Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames.
Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955).
Although a private detective akin to Raymond Chandler’s characters, Drum was distinguished by his jet-setting lifestyle, which carried him to various exotic locales from Mecca to South America. These espionage-tinged stories won Marlowe acclaim, and he produced more than one a year before ending the series in 1968. After spending the 1970s writing suspense novels like The Summit (1970) and The Cawthorn Journals (1975), Marlowe turned to scholarly historical fiction. He lived much of his life abroad, in Switzerland, Spain, and France, and died in Virginia in 2008.
Marlowe received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 1997.
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