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I gave this one four, but it s closer to 3 1 2 Part of that may be increased expectations Brackett was an incredible screenwriter, a good writer of SF and I d heard great things about this novel And to be fair it was good It s just really not a patch on Hammett or Chandler at their best as I d heard that it might be What I ended up with is a good hard boiled mystery with enough red herrings to keep me guessing and quality dialog. Very intense noir here There s detectives, hookers, nightclub singers, estranged boyhood friends and wealthy families with jealous siblings The hero gets clocked so many times I started to get sympathy headaches And most interestingly there s a pair of ex cellmates that feel so much like a couple that I mistakenly actually thought they were identified as lovers before I realized we were talking about the nightclub singer.Anyway, very fun mystery that delivers exactly what the title would imply #Read Pdf ç No Good From A Corpse ⚜ Legendary SciFi Writer Leigh Brackett Who Won A Posthumous Award For The Screenplay To Empire Strikes Back , Began Her Career As A Writer Trying To Reach The Pages Of Black Mask She Was Never Successful In This, But Her Chandler Influenced Novel No Good From A Corpse Was So Impressive In Its Hard Boiled Dialogue That Howard Hawks Insisted Its Author, Unseen, Be Brought In To Work On The Screenplay Adaption Of The Big Sleep Together With A Fella By The Name Of Faulkner Though Hawks Was Stunned To Discover That Leigh Was A Woman, She Got The Job, And Worked On What Was Probably The Best Film Adaptation Of A Chandler Novel No Good From A Corpse Offers Hard Boiled Private Eye Ed Clive, Who Gets Involved With A Dead Girl, And Suspects Every One Of Her Boyfriends An Ex Husband, A Playboy, A Blackmailer And A Brute There S A Woman Suspect As Well, And A Long Chase Through Sunset Strip Fast paced, riveting, and well writtenI imagine most people who read this book are established fans of the hard boiled genre, and consider Brackett something of a curiosity, given her better known screenwriting accomplishments I came to this book as a mystery neophyte, knowing nothing of Brackett, just getting into pulp, and choosing this book as a stepping stone on my way to Hammett and Chandler.The good part about this is I lack the array of tropes and archetypes that might make it easy for mystery fans to dismiss a book like this.This was a great read The writing is brutal and efficient, and the dialogue crackles with tension The story is tense and commands your attention, although I will bet most readers have the whole thing pieced together before the end.While the plot fulfills expectations, there were a handful of heartfelt character moments that surprised me Everyone in the book felt three dimensional, and while there wasn t time to dwell, the characters felt inhabited.The only flaw I can point to in this book is that the prose occasionally errs on the side of TOO lean Which is fine by me, better than dripping with gristle, but there were moments where I wasn t sure who was talking, or had trouble following the blocking of the scene Overall, nothing that prevented me from understanding the story, so it s really a nitpick.This is everything I want from a book A good story happening to good characters, told in clever words that suggest far than they say. A noire detective story with hot and dangerous dames, bloody action and a murder mystery I think Brackett had a lot fun playing with these cliches, and being the master story teller she is, this makes a fun and exciting read. Great classic noir fiction Duel at the end when all is explained in detail has a minimum of violence but maximum of drama and is as vicious as duel between black and white cowboy or Jedi and Sith master Recommended read for any fan of hard boiled crime fiction. As detective Ed Clive returns home from one job, only to be thrust into the middle of another One of his childhood friends turned worst enemies, Mick Hammond, is having marital troubles, as Mick and his heiress wife Jane have received threatening letters To make things worse, Laurel Dane is somehow involved a nightclub singer who s in love with Ed, and visa versa, even though they know they re rotten for each other When Laurel winds up dead, Ed and Mick are the two prime suspects while Mick is the one who ends up in the clink, Ed remains under the microscope, the police expecting he had a role to play in the murder To clear his name, and in search of vengeance, he sets out to find Laurel s killer On his journey down dark alleys and across L.A s oil specked beaches, he ll run into Jane Hammond s femme fatale sister, uncover the dark truths of Laurel s past, and take a helluva beating in the process.It s very easy to see why Brackett s writing impressed Howard Hawks, and why he wanted her to help script a Raymond Chandler novel Brackett is one of the few authors who can write Chandleresque prose better than Chandler Perhaps not for the entire length of the novel, but long enough to make it count The dialogue is some of the sharpest and toughest writing I ve read all year, with a deft vocabulary and rapier wit The plotting is as convoluted as Chandler at his best, a crisscrossing maze of turncoats and double blinds and unexpected murders The first three chapters exist as a whirl, a kind of organized chaos that isn t fully explained or comprehensible until the following chapter Brackett would often nail the noir mood in her science fiction, and such is the case here.No Good From a Corpse is an excellent novel, and in another world would have gone down as a noir classic had Brackett not switched focus to her screenplays, perhaps, or if her entire bibliography had been mysteries and not space opera Instead, it s a fascinating look at what might have been, had Brackett s career revolved around writing Chandleresque adventure on Earth and not on Mars I could come up with some superlatives to describe it, but I won t bother suffice to say that the novel lives up to its reputation, and aside from a few minor flaws it will than entertain any reader who enjoys a good dose of noir I highly recommend it to the hardboiled reader, and want to point out that you can download an e book version free at Munsey s.Full review, and other noir book reviews, found here. This is the part where I admit to never having read any Raymond Chandler and to having last touched a Hammett book when I was like 12, so I m going to try real hard to not talk out my ass about hard boiled and noir But anyway, this came out in 1944 and is, as far as my limited experience can tell, the legit fuckin article.And it s good, too It s working within what was clearly already an established style, but it has tons of personality, some real visual and sensory vividness and pop, some great moments of dialogue and, uh, what I can best describe as a lovely and symmetrical shape Shape is very important in a mystery they re highly dimensional critters and if they re too far off balance you can feel it I think it would hold up to some re reads, too it s a normal mystery for most of the book, but the ending rewrites much of what came before as a duel of sorts, between two professionals who found themselves in some shitty spots and were both determined to not be the one who comes out on bottom.Highly recommended, doubly so if you re already into That Sort Of Thing And there s a really interesting discussion to be had about the female characters in it, which we probably can t have until of my friends read it Meet me in spoilertown someday and let s talk about Vivien and Laurel.I picked this up at the library after writing up that review of Brackett s Empire draft, because it reminded me of how intrigued I was about her oddball career This was the book that got her that job on the film of The Big Sleep, if you re following along at home While Star Wars Sequel was interesting than it was enjoyable on its own merits, this was legitimately good. From 1944 Written by a notable female pulp writer A good mystery plot I don t know why I didn t like it I just didn t, and it isn t explainable And, to show it is not just my timing here, I tried to read this twice before and didn t want to, then basically forced myself this time. There is a thread which ties Raymond Chandler, Howard Hawks, William Faulkner and George Lucas together and that is the unusual talent of Leigh Brackett Brackett, whose first novel No Good From a Corpse, caught the attention of Hawks, was brought in to improve the screenplay Faulkner was struggling with Chandler s The Big Sleep among the iconic films of film noir and the film which cemented the reputation of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall as Hollywood s most sizzling couple Brackett had already written science fiction stories and wrote extensively in the field throughout her life, her last project being the original draft of The Empire Strikes Back in the Star Wars series.Ed Clive is a private detective in Los Angeles with a young sidekick name Jonathan Ladd Jones Clive has a friendly stalemate sort of relationship with Homicide Division s Detective Lieutenant Jordan Gaines When Clive and his buddy Mick Hammond turn up in the apartment of murdered nightclub singer Laurel Dane, Hammond is tossed into jail Clive sets out to clear his friend s, and his own, name Hammond s wife, Jane Alcott, is loaded and holds the key to the family fortune leaving siblings Richard and Vivien fuming and drinking Enter an ex con with an alibi, some no goods from the club, and an assortment of noirish backdrops and Chandleresque dialogue the often brutal encounters between characters keeps the pulse thumping and the plot twisting, twisting, twisting who did it and did he or she do all of it It s not clear to me why this novel, first published in 1944, is in the public domain but what a treat it is You can practically feel the fog roll in, smell the wet asphalt and what perfume was that dame wearing The plot could have been a little less convoluted but that, too, is part of the charm What a pity Ms Brackett wrote so little in this genre after what has to be considered a first rate debut.Available free in multiple ebook formats at Munsey s.