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Ride the Pink Horse – Book Review

Ride the Pink Horse by [Hughes, Dorothy B.]Strong writing and sense of place are not enough to save this noir story about a disgruntled crook who plans to blackmail his boss, a corrupt senator. Too much happens off camera and the story wanders into literary passages – not necessarily a bad thing – but in this case it draws attention to itself and feels like riffing. But the big issue with Ride the Pink Horse is the protagonist, an unappealing character by the name of Sailor. He simply doesn’t warrant the reader’s sympathy for the length of an entire novel, especially with his racist view of Latinos, a trait which is meant to be hardboiled and benign but doesn’t wear well in today’s world.

If you haven’t read ‘In a Lonely Place’ or ‘The Expendable Man’, read those instead, and find out what really makes Dorothy B. Hughes worth reading. She is one of the greats.


2 responses

  1. Thanks Max, for this honest review. I read select authors in this genre, mostly in summer, as beach chair reads. I respect your opinion and will try one of her other works. I guess I’m spoiled by your books.

    June 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

  2. Thanks, Elaine – you’re too kind. Dorothy B. Hughes was way ahead of her time. She was big in the 40s. In a Lonely Place was made into a movie with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. It was too dark for Hollywood so they changed the story but it’s still not bad.

    June 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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