VANITY ROW by W. R. Burnett


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Not the big bang of but still a knowing reflection of off color lives as the vanity row of a midwestern city, where deals and money and influence and girls are hustled, witnesses the killing of a once prominent lawyer. And Roy Hargis, police chief, who conducts the investigation, resists the needle of the press and the politices, but for a man who had always had a system with women (leave 'em) cannot resist his attraction to Ilona Vance, the dead man's girl. But the ugly evidence against the beautiful Ilona piles up in the face of her denials; of the fight with her lover, who had taken back his minks- and pearls; of the gun which bears her fingerprints and dates her back to another man and another murder; until her confession, to Hargis, and the validity of his belief in her makes him willing to bargain his job in exchange for a short sentence.... A tight narrative which airs a sub-terranean world of corruption and protection, of the rise to power and its sudden recession, of driving ambition and only the occasional loyalty, in which the passion of a man- for a woman- proves more powerful. Rentals.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1952
Publisher: Knopf