69 Barrow Street (Hard Case Crime)

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At The Intersection Of Sin And Madness…

Greenwich Village: home to every form of depravity and perversion known to man…or woman.

It’s on the streets of the Village that Ralph met Stella—but what started as a love affair between a painter and his seductive muse has become torment as he’s found himself drawn into her world of cruel pleasures. It’s a tinderbox of hatred and desire—and when beautiful Susan Rivers moves into their apartment building, tempting Ralph and Stella both, it’s set to ignite.

From dim waterfront bars to the movie houses of Times Square, from nights in rat-trap hotel rooms to drug-fueled orgies in ground-floor apartments, no one can bring 1960s New York to life like Edgar Award winner Lawrence Block. And in this early tale of psychological suspense—unavailable for fifty years and never before published under his real name—readers will discover a harrowing portrait of men and women pushed to their limits and beyond. It’s a double shot of darkness as only Lawrence Block can deliver it.

Published as part of a “Double Novel” with another Lawrence Block story, Strange Embrace.

The original Paul Rader cover is here.

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Loose Women

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He Was Caught In A Trap Baited With Two Lavish Female Bodies

From the back:

Sandra had a lush, ripe body that was made for love, and she knew it.
Joe Black knew it too, and after a few days alone with her on his boat, he forgot about Alice who had given all of herself to him.
But then strange things started occurring, and the insatiable, passionate love of two women wasn’t enough to keep Joe from seeing what was happening …to him.

Do you ever wonder what these books are actually about? There is a review of this one here.

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Mademoiselle De Maupin / Adam and Two Eves

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This painting was first published as half of the cover for Mademoiselle De Maupin by Theophile Gautier (1953)

A Rake’s Search for a Perfect Bed-Mate!

Its second publication, in its present state after minor alterations (the man coming from behind the curtain is gone), was for the novel, Adam and Two Eves by Anonymous (1956)

Unnatural Affection — Or Perverted Hate? The Young Widow Had to Choose Between Them…
A Novel That Speaks Out Boldly On A Taboo Subject

From the back:

In The Grip Of Perversity
Often whispered about—but rarely spoken of aloud—the startling theme of this story concerns Carroll, a pretty young widow. She is taken into the household of a friendly couple, only to find that her caresses are sought not only by the husband—but by his wife … Should warm, lovely Carroll be condemned for yielding both to the love of a married man, and the equally ardent embraces of a voluptuous though twisted woman? The answer is not simple. True, Carroll responds to their needs, yet it is a haunted, tortured experience . . . despite its warped delights, its moments of almost unearthly bliss. Perhaps she is more to be pitied than condemned. For the whole point of this bitterly true novel is that pretty Carroll is the seduced rather than the seducer—the sinned against, rather than the sinner … entirely too attractive for her own good.

Out of her own experience, the anonymous author tears the curtain from one of the gravest threats to modern social morality—the strange love practices trapping unwary girls today, particularly in our larger cities!

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Pennsylvania’s Grim Secret of the Missing Double

Startling Detective Adventures September 1936

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