The Baby-Sitter by Vin Fields (Midwood #F342, 1964)
Another ultra sexy Paul Rader cover!
Vin Fields was a pen name used by Irving A. Greenfield, for a handful of Midwoods and Beacons. Greenfield wrote men’s action and military paperbacks for Zebra, Manor, Signet, Dell, etc.
The Baby-Sitter is an engaging, well-written short novel (about 40K words) about a Madison Avenue ad man, Cliff Morton, who has a lot of troubles and problems: his wife has gone frigid and she knows about his tom-catting around; he’s about to lose some accounts and a large one is uncertain; the boss has moral issues with his providing call girls to potential clients; and he has started to have a thing for his jailbait baby-sitter, Charna, a little sex kitten that could be the end of him.
Charna is in the background of the novel until the end really; much of the story deals with Cliff’s jumbling business around, and sleeping with a female account exec who is trying to talk him into breaking off and starting a new agency, stealing accounts in the process. We can feel Cliff’s Mad Man tension and who can blame him for needing a lot of sexual relief, the kind his wife won’t give him but what he can get from a blond, tanned teenage girl.
Then he fucks up and fucks up bad when he talks Charna into sleeping with a man who can get a potential account with a bra company, and the thing is, Charna’s uncle, who raised her, is a cop…
The ending is quite different from your usual sleaze or Midwood fair…
We will definitely read more Vin Fields.
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