Review of James O. Causey’s The Baby Doll Murders, Killer Take All!, and Frenzy by Paperback Warrior

“James O. Causey got his start in the 1940s writing short stories for “Weird Tales” and “Detective Story Magazine.” As the pulps died off, he became a highly-regarded, if not well-known, author of short, hardboiled crime novels. Stark House has compiled three of Causey’s classics into one volume for 21st Century audiences. The new trade paperback includes “The Baby Doll Murders,” “Killer Take All,” and “Frenzy” as well as an introduction by Nicholas Litchfield.

Despite problems of plot and pacing, Causey’s hardboiled, first-person prose is among the best. For example, His descriptions of acts of violence are vivid while also being matter-of-fact. Taking a professional beating in the groin, ribs, and kidneys is just an occupational hazard in this world, and those scenes were vivid as hell.”

Paperback Warrior, a review and discussion blog that takes a humorous look at the Men’s Action-Adventure book genre, recently reviewed the new reprint of James O. Causey’s trio of hardboiled crime novels of which the editor of Lowestoft Chronicle provided the introduction.

You can read the review here.