Pulp Friday: Syndicate Girl

“She was tough as the hoods she worked with – until she met a man who made her feel like a woman.”

I’m feeling like some classic pulp today. And they don’t come any more classic or pulpier than this 1958 first edition paperback by Dell Publishing, Syndicate Girl, by Frank Kane.

Kane was a New York based pulp writer who wrote nearly 40 pulp novels in a career spanning from 1947 to the late sixties. This included numerous short stories, 29 novels featuring the Big Apple private eye Johnny Liddell and numerous stand alone books, including Syndicate Girl.

If you want to know more, the Thrilling Detective website has a great post on Kane.

I don’t really need to say anything else, except the back cover blurb is as classic as the front cover.

“Network of corruption.

‘That was a nice job, Mary. Real nice.’

She smiled. ‘They always are, when I do them.’

The fat man shrugged. ‘This wasn’t an easy one. He was a smart cop.’

‘Not so smart,’ she said. ‘He’s dead.’

Mary Lister would do anything for a price. Kill a man, love him, whatever paid the most money. She didn’t know the meaning of fear-or passion. And then she met Mal Waters…”


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