The Vengeful Virgin

The Vengeful Virgin

by Gil Brewer

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What beautiful 18-year-old would want to spend her life taking care of an invalid? Not Shirley Angela. But that’s the life she was trapped in – until she met Jack.

Now Shirley and Jack have a plan to put the old man out of his misery and walk away with a suitcase full of cash. But there’s nothing like money to come between lovers – money, and other women…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857683878
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Hard Case Crime
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 312,697
File size: 980 KB

About the Author

Gil Brewer was the author of some of the best-selling paperback original crime novels of the 1950s. He broke into print with the legendary Gold Medal imprint in 1950, and produced a series of hits that included 13 French Street, The Red Scarf, A Killer Is Loose, and So Rich, So Dead.  A number of movies have been based on Brewer’s work, including 3-Way, starring Gina Gershon.

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Vengeful Virgin 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Wova4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Vengeful Virgin is another fast-read reprint from Hard Case Crime. Shirley Angela, the titular character stands above the typical crime genre moll, she devolves from a normal girl in a difficult situation into an antic and scary force by the end of the story. The portrayal would be overly sexist if not for the narrator-protagonist, Jack Ruxton, a weak man who reveals himself to be inept and more and more detestable as the story continues. As is typical for HCC, the double-cross arrives near the conclusion which requires comeuppance, but I was a bit surprised by how it developed in the final few chapters.The Gregory Manchess cover illustration for the Hard Case Crime reprint is delightfully lurid, even by the standards of the series, but it risks giving too much of the endgame away.
eddieduggan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Brewer by a short story in BBC Radio 7's "This is Pulp Fiction" series (the story was "The Getaway", which is also included in The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction) [I must have missed the Brewer story, "Home" which is included in Adrian & Pronzini's Hard-Boiled collection]. "The Getaway" has a great twist at the end which I didn't see coming. Having heard the radio short, I was keen to read a longer Brewer story and I was struck by the marvellously lurid retro-style cover painting on the Hard Case Crime reprint of Vengeful Virgin. Vengeful Virgin is a great read, in the tradition of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice: a short, fast-paced tale of greed and lust. There is a twist, of course, but as we know the outcome from the beginning, a good deal of the reading pleasure is derived from how the author accomplishes the dénouement. There are also some great descriptive passages in what must have been considered quite a racy book when it was first published in 1958.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very gritty & well written for this type of novel, but the main characters were a bit too unreal for me, especially the girl. It was a good believable plot & everything got logically & wonderfully out of hand. Kind of depressing & I don't understand why it is titled the way it is. There wasn't a virgin to be found.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
If this novel teaches us anything, it’s this: Virgins are Dangerous. Very Dangerous. Sure, the prospect of bedding a virgin sounds glamorous, but let’s face it: It’s not really the stupendously fantastic experience that it might appear to be on first glance. Unless you’re a suicide bomber with a severe mental illness and the prospect of a twenty year lifespan to be followed by a severe and violent death appeals to you and you’re under the rather misguided notion that the pearly white gates hold forty virgins in white wedding dresses waiting to fulfill every one of your wildest fantasies, the thought quickly loses luster. And as THE VENGEFUL VIRGIN aptly proves, these beautiful rosebuds can turn into what we in the medical community like to refer to as a “Stage Five Clinger.” When that happens, run, do not walk to the nearest exit, even if you’re missing a few clothes and possibly even your car keys. You can send the police back for the rest of your stash later, after the threat of imminent demise has worn off. If you’re lucky enough to have your car keys handy, and even luckier to have a buddy present, have him discreetly move toward the nearest exit right before you both run like hell. The pages and my Kindle burst with dames and broads and TVs rammed into the ceiling and dialogue punctuated with colorful language. The pages overflowed with poignant prose and distressed damsels. But I like my hard-boiled novels filled with PIs and detectives, and these folks were relegated to secondary status. While I continuously flipped the pages and devoured this little gem rather quickly, I did feel a bit unfulfilled in the end, even with more than one dead body gracing the pages. Shirley Angela and Grace (no last name) proved as intriguing as Jack Ruxton, and filled with more curves than a string of back country roads. The detours proved small and short lived with the story reaching its dramatic conclusion in rather explosive fashion. And while liking this story was rather easy, really liking this story might prove to be dangerous. So, in the end, I was rather glad I found this story, and also happy that I reached the end in just a few sittings. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator