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Sin Pit [PDF / Epub] ✩ Sin Pit ☉ Paul S. Meskil – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Lion Books #198She was dirt and hungry and cheap and demanding But it didn't matter She was all those things and I knew it but she was much too She was fire and ice and fury and when she came up to me Lion books She was dirt and hungry and cheap and demanding But it didn't matter She was all those things and I knew it but she was much too She was fire and ice and fury and when she came up to me that first time her mouth making little suirming noises I knew she was all I ever wantedI was a cop An honest one Tough but honest And she was the wife of another man Maybe she was a killer Maybe she was a a kind of person even tough cops don't talk about except in dirty whispersBut I didn't care I had to have her.

10 thoughts on “Sin Pit

  1. Richard Richard says:

    One of us would die For the other there would be Grace I didn't know what she meant to him but to me she was worth all the risk Sin Pit was one of those cult pulp paperbacks that were notoriously difficult to find But AutomatPress has come along and valiantly made it available again in e book format so I was stoked to get a crack at reading it I was disappointed though to find that the book is of a hard boiled mystery than the sleaze noir that I hoped for As a crime mystery it's fairly enjoyable but at the same time much of the developments and twists unfortunately were still pretty obvious I could've done without much of the lagging bits featuring our unlikeable hero Barney Black pounding the pavement looking for clues and instead of the interesting psychological touches of Barney confronting his hatred for women and himself and how his infatuation with the aptly named Randy Harding emphasizes it all A tiny warning bell sounded somewhere in my mind —the bell that had always meant danger This time I ignored it and told myself nothing mattered but this strange catlike girl with the midnight eyes

  2. Dave Dave says:

    1950's PulpSin Pit originally titled Blood Lust by the author not the publisher is a 1954 pulp paperback that was considered a rare find It has now been re issued as an e book Meskil only published one novel in his lifetime and this was it Meskil has a smooth easy writing style that makes this short novel a fairly uick read There are a lot of classic pulp motifs present here from the good cop twisted by an irresistible woman the dreadful power of desire the poor country girl turning tricks the innocent man on the run the frame ups the tarnished badge What sets this one apart is the sadomasochism the whip marks on the murdered girl the rubber hoses regularly employed in police interrogations the drinking till the bars closed and the lead character is so toasted he's not even sure of what he's doing When you read these pulp novels you realize that there was another world in the fifties lurking beyond the sock hops and the jukeboxes and there were mean nasty corners Bottom line a fairly easy read filled with some pretty good lines and twisted themes

  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    This one rates a perfect 10 on the pulp o meter It meets every criteria on the list The list Here1 A crime can precede the timeline of the narrative2 Tough wise cracking dialogue 3 An unsympathetic protagonist with whom you none the less identify4 A femme fatale5 Sexual tension6 A tough brutal thug the nemesis of the main character 7 Ironic plot twists8 A double cross9 A sense though out that all the characters are doomed10 A lurid cover featuring a scantily clad woman and a gunGreat lines from the book“Mona was a gal who had made a fortune on her back then spent a fortune on her back in expensive clothes”“Business or pleasure”“Business” I replied“Hell” she said “That can wait Business is so bad the girls are trying to give it away to keep in practice”

  4. David David says:

    This highly collectible paperback from 1954 a decent copy runs 300 was given a primitive reissue by Gryphon Books in 2004 In the reissue Gary Lovisi hails Sin Pit as a forgotten noir masterpiece and he's or less right My only gripe is that the novel is so lean that sometimes it reads like an outline for the book than the actual thing But one could just as easily count this is a virture Hardly a word is wasted in Sin Pit and it hits all the right noir notes along the way even if it doesn't hold some of them for very long This was the only novel written by Paul S Meskil who wrote a brief afterword for the 2004 reprint In it he writes My original title was 'Blood Lust' and they changed that title without my knowledge I also originally wrote the book in the first person In fact Blood Lust is a much better title for the book Hard Case Crime would do well to give this book a proper reissue with its original title restored As for narrative point of view Meskil's novel was published in first person so his comment on this point simply leaves me puzzled Perhaps he originally wrote the book in third personFirst reading 6 April 2008Second reading 26 April 2017

  5. Steven Steven says:

    Love the gritty beginning that starts in the middle of the action Plus great circa 1954 East St Louis setting I can see why this is considered a classic of the genre the prose is lean and mean and the characters are all the opposite of the Ozzie Harriet image that the mainstream media of that era was promoting The first meeting between the cop protagonist and the femme fatale is explosive and that sets the stage for his trip to hell More police procedural than noir but all the behavior is beyond the norm and that's what makes this an exciting read In eBook format now so readily available

  6. Adam Adam says:

    This was pretty good I had some issues with the writing and it didn't really get under my skin the way the best hard boiled novels do but if you're in the mood for a classic '50s pulp this definitely fits the bill I kept thinking while I was reading it that it would have made a fantastic early '50s film noir starring either Charles McGraw or Robert Mitchum

  7. Andrew Andrew says:

    Excellent PulpA classic pulp novel published by Lion Books in the fifties this book is the epitome a hard boiled crime novel with a great ending a uick fun read Highly recommended for pulp noir fans

  8. Jack Tripper Jack Tripper says:

    Dark dark dark even by noir standards showing the sinister underbelly of East St Louis Illinois in the 50s through the eyes of an ultra corrupt sleaze ball detective on the hunt for the killer of a young drifter girl Some of the twists can be seen coming from a mile away by anyone with even a passing familiarity with the genre but the novel was ahead of its time with its matter of fact portrayal of taboo subjects especially at the time like S M back alley abortions police brutalitycorruption etc and that makes this one worth checking out for fans of old school crime fiction Author Paul Meskil's background as a newspaper reporter most likely informed his fast paced writing style as well as his knowledge of cop and criminal lifestyles Too bad this was his only novel as I'd definitely be up for reading of his work This had all the back stabbings femmes fatales and sordid tough guys one could want out of a 50s noir

  9. Tom Simon Tom Simon says:

    Sin Pit by Paul S MeskilA Paperback Warrior Blog reviewFirst published in 1954 by Lion Books “Sin Pit” was the only known novel written by Paul Meskil According to an introduction by academic David Rachels in a 2017 eBook re release Meskil was a New York crime reporter whose descriptive writing was lurid enough to catch the eye of a literary agent who encouraged him to write crime fiction In short order he turned in a manuscript called “Blood Lust” that was released by Lion Books as “Sin Pit”The narrator is East St Louis Police Detective Barney Black who is thrust into a murder investigation involving a beautiful young woman with a32 bullet in her skull and whip marks all over her legs The novel is structured as a pretty standard police procedural with Barney following logical leads in a corrupt town riddled with poverty and viceThe real appeal to this book is the character of Barney himself At 6’2” and 210 pounds the 32 year old cop is hardboiled as hell He’s not afraid to slap a witness around to start them talking or to take a belt of whiskey on the job to wash the taste of murder from his mouth Barney is the kind of morally compromised but highly effective police officer that James Ellroy later depicted in his classic his LA crime stories Barney’s tragic backstory made him into a sociopath dedicated to holding criminals accountable solely because it’s his job and not because of a functioning moral compass The characters and writing in “Sin Pit” are about as good as it gets in 1950s crime fiction When a sexy and alluring witness threatens to warm Barney’s cynical heart and generates human romantic feelings the reader just knows that it’s not going to end well for the would be lovebirds The hunt for the killer takes some dark turns into the dungeon of an SM freak and a world of darkness and corruption that exists right under Barney’s nose Meskil’s writing really is superb some of the best I’ve read from the era He makes me want to shake my fist at the heavens wishing he’d stuck with novel writing You should definitely seek this one out if you like your noir twisted and perverse The original paperback and reprint might be pricey but an outfit called Automat Press has been uietly reprinting orphaned works from the era as eBooks at nice prices Don’t let the grass grow under your feet This one is highly recommended a must read

  10. Ron Zack Ron Zack says:

    This classic noir novel Sin Pit is the only novel written by journalist Paul S Meskil It has everything that makes great noir and then some There are bad cops worse criminals juicy sex graphic violence and a variety of deliciously brutal killingsThe protagonist a cop named Detective Sergeant Barney Black employs unusual methods that result in his suspension from the force for most of the book He narrates in an honest and revealing manner This was it part of my mind kept shouting This is the woman you’ve spent your life looking for The other half of my mind cried even louder that it wasn’t so She was a tramp it said A no good bitch who would never be anything but trouble to the men who wanted herShe was everything I had hated all my life A scheming slut who would cheat on her husband with any man who came along when she was in heat I told myself a woman like that could never mean anything to me I told myself and knew I was a liar This is powerful inner monologueThe story takes place mostly in East St Louis IL in the 1950s Barney reveals to the reader his upbringing in an orphanage his mother being a tramp and the fact he has never experienced love in his 32 years So he has a bit of a sensitive side a human vulnerability that almost trips himup Overcoming that vulnerability is an important part of the plotThe story moved uickly while Barney and the reader are both drawn in different directions Beautiful descriptions likeAnyway the front door was open so they strolled right in and there was Big Red waiting to greet themWhat was left of him was lying on the floor in front of what was left of the bar His throat was cut So neatly that his head was almost lopped off The gash started under one ear and ran all the way around to the other side It looked like the wide grotesue scarlet grin of a circus clown He lay in a pool of dried still sticky blood The fountain from his jugular vein had poured over just about all of him except the neat white cast on his shattered wristThis is tightly written and while it follows the noir formula there is plenty to make it uniue Too bad Meskil didn't write novels

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