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You Take The Rap
by John Russell Fearn (writing as Spike Gordon)

Subject: Crime
Publisher: Gryphon Publications (USA)

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Gryphon Gangster Novel #5: first US edition trade paperback, 129pp, ISBN 0936071737, 1996 UK: £9.95
Europe: £12.71
USA: £13.76
Elsewhere: £14.21
in stock

You Take The Rap cover

    Presenting the very best in classic British gangster fiction from the glorious days of the 1950s pulp fiction crime writing. All books Gryphon Gangster Series are First American Editions. There are no signed editions in this series but each book, originally written under a pseudonym, is bylined with the author's real name and the pseudonym, with a stunning full-colour dustjacket. Fascinating introductions tell the behind-the-scenes story about each book. A great series of slam-bang, classic pulp fiction gangster novels.

In You Take The Rap, Fearn cleverly varies his usual "authorial" style to step inside the minds of his varied and colourful characters. And he produces some surprising twists – his beautiful heroine, Pearl Dyson, commits murder in the first chapter!

Her victim is one Al Knox, the sinister boss of the 'Green Bullfrog' nightclub, on Central. The police are soon called in, and all the evidence points to Pearl as the killer. But is she brought to justice? And what is "justice" anyway? For the dogged and honest cop, Lieutenant Carl Hogan of Homicide, the murder becomes his most baffling case, and the ramifications of the killing affect the lives of all Fearn's other characters: Pearl's boyfriend, Nick Wolfe, petty crook Paul Kana, and especially ace investigator Rocky Dunlop (an ace who was trumped!).