Monday, February 16, 2015

Pick Up A Pulp [11]: THE HAMMER OF THOR by Carter Brown

The Hammer of Thor
The mysterious disappearance of a president of an electronics company who is being blackmailed for having illicit affair with his secretary along with household jewelry, pawned to payoff the blackmailer, lures Al Wheeler into the seductive embrace of a gold and white nymph; a bewitching beauty that should be grieving, not playing cupid.

THE HAMMER OF THOR is a change of pace pulp for the Carter Brown mystery series conjuring thoughts of Mickey Spillane mixed with the courtroom drama of a John Grisham thriller - this despite, the overtly sexual dialogue and all too willing female characters easily taken by Wheeler's tough-man persona and macho way.

I liked this installment in the Al Wheeler series, however, found the courtroom confrontations and trail proceedings drab. The whodunit nature of the book is its strength, so good in fact, that at times it was hard to distinguish Wheeler from Mike Hammer. 

The synopsis on the back of the book is designed as a marketing tool to pull in readers of sleazy pulps (this second edition was published in 1967) and is in no way reflective of the book itself (though briefly towards the later stages). I didn't mind that in this instance as it allowed me to delve in without any preconceived notions as to what to expect. 

THE HAMMER OF THOR is not the best Carter Brown I've read, but it's not the worst either. 

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