ome things that surprised me about Gil Brewer's 1961 novel A Taste of Sin
1) The protagonist drinks too much, but his drinks are absinthe and Pernod.
2) The morbid (and mordant) humor, as in the ending of the first chapter:
"In my mind there was the sound of broken glass."
and its segue into the beginning of the second:
"I got in the Volks and sat there.
"Well, a sane woman could be a bore."
3) The virtuosic sarcasm of some of the best of that humor, as this observation about the cop who questions the protagonist:
"He was very bright. He sighed brightly."
4) That no one could write squalid, desperate sex like Gil Brewer could. Lots of books of the time tried, and their scenes often read like something out of a sex version of Reefer Madness. Not Brewer's
© Peter Rozovsky 2015
Labels: Gil Brewer, paperback originals, Stark House Press