Stacked Deck

Rough Edges: Forgotten Books: Stacked Deck - Frank Kane
Rough Edges: Forgotten Books: Stacked Deck - Frank Kane

Stacked deck is a set of nine Johnny Liddell stories. While I prefer to read johnny Liddell in the form of a full-length novel rather than in short story form, you’re not gonna go wrong reading this collection. The stories give you Johnny Liddell in all his hardboiled goodness. They’re filled with mean mobsters, sexy dames in tight dresses, horse races, murders, double crosses, insurance scams, and more.


All in all it’s quite enjoyable and well worth reading. There’s one story that has Liddell having some fun in one of the funky jazz clubs of the era and he comes off as an out of place square. In another story, Liddell attends a Hollywood party for the rich and famous and can’t believe the hoods out on the West Coast are treated like they are normal people. And, every time you turn around there’s a receptionist telling him to walk this way and he deadpans that he wish he could but just doesn’t have the equipment for it. Kane fills these PI stories with his readable prose. While there are dozens of private eyes from the fifties, this creation is one of the most dependably good.

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