A Classy Story "Plunder of the Sun" by David Dodge
16 Feb 2016
This is one of the better catch-me-kill-you ragamuffin crime books of the 1940's written by a master of the genre. Al Colby's a hard bitten Private Eye with a soft spot for the women. He's also remarkably modern - not so macho that he habitually deals out fists for dinner and regards women as lesser mortals (although, in keeping with the genre, he'd pretend to have you think other wise). It's a classy story with all the classic twists set in South America. Plenty of action, but plenty of nuances, too - this isn't just in -your-face hardboiled fiction. Colby's an interesting guy and Dodge is a fine writer. If he'd written other stuff with lots of adjectives in it he might have been regarded as a proper writer.