This is dubbed a “Novel Books Special” and is one of a number of Lynn;s Tokey Wedge private eye books. Not sure which one is the first but doesn’t seem you need to start with the first, although there are references to characters and incidents from other books.
Wedge is not your typical tall, dark and handsome gumshoe. Wedge describes himself as
five-six and one half [tall]. One hundred aned forty-seven pounds. A bundle of nerve and verve. Persuasive. Permissive. When it comes to girls, I love ’em. (p. 19)
The women he connects with often note that he’s “a little guy” or “short man.” On the cover of Tall and Torrid, we get an idea of what he looks like:
Like the typical 1960s shamus, he gets laid often, he’s tough as rawhide, and he kills the bad guys when necessary. Which has given him somewhat a rep — in Mad for Kicks, a man offers Wedge $5,000 to track down the man men who kidnapped nd raped his daughter, and wants Wedge to kill them. He’s heard Wedge kills but Wedge tells him he’s not a hired gun, and has only killed ijn self-defense. Wedge takes the five grand to track the men down, but says he will turn them into the cops. Wedge’s relationship with the local cops is shaky.
Novel Books’ usual hyperbole to make the book seem more than it cam be is employed with this blurb from Men’s Digest (which was owned by Camerarts, that owned Novel):
MAD FOR KICKS outdoes LADY CHATTERLY’S LOVER and any book that you care to name for that strong stuff that you men like. Not recommended for women and children. This NOVEL BOOK powerhouse will make you do a double-take every time you pass a beatnik.
What the book’s connection to Lady Chatterly’s Lover is unclear, as this is a private eye two-fisted tough guy yarn…