ADA DALLAS by Wirt Williams

ADA DALLAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

TV newscaster, Steve Jackson, first met Ada Malone when she was working her way through college as a weekend call girl. Tommy Dallas, the singing sheriff, first saw his future wife when he was interviewed by her on television during his campaign as a rubber stamp governor on the ticket managed by state boss Sylvestre Marin... Colonel Robert Yancey, director of state police, fell in love with Ada, the governor's wife, and became her lover when he was lieutenant-governor, and Ada needed a secret from her past covered up. These three men tell the story of classically beautiful, ambitious Ada Malone from a New Orleans Irish slum, who, when thwarted to be somebody in New Orleans society, diverted her breathless energy and 159 I.Q. to politics, and by borrowing tactics from Eva Peron and Huey Long, became a unique success. Her death, at the hands of Yancey, won Ada a fine gravestone at the foot of Huey Long's memorial in Baton Rouge... In the light of recent happenings in Louisiana, it is not very hard for the reader to suspend incredibility as to the political situation outlined in this novel; further, if one substitutes Huey or Earl for Ada, an unfortunately realistic picture of Louisiana politics emerges. A strong, dramatic narrative, laced with many surefire sales ingredients, provides compelling and entertaining if undistinguished reading fare.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1959
Publisher: McGraw-Hill