Hot Cargo by Orrie Hitt (and ???) (Beacon Books, 1958)
A little different from the usual Orrie Hitt novel we often expect…and somewhat the same…the setting is different, in a foreign land, having to do with gun-running…a bit of style nod to Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not — the hero here is named hank Storms.
Hitt did another Hemingway homage with Add Flesh to the Fire.
Hitt did not write this one alone; he switched off with someone else, as there are chapters in a completely different writing style than Hitt’s. We believe it may be the same person Hitt collaborated with on his Roger Normandie and Charles Verne books, and his one novel as Fred Martin, the excellent Hired Lover, which also has style flip and flops like Hot Cargo….We think Hitt may have paired up with Joe Weiss on those.
Alas, this one is not as fun and good as Hired Lover, or the Roger Normanies. This one was not a pleasure to read, but maybe we are missing something. James Reasonor liked it. Three stars at Good Reads.
We LOVE the cover, though! Classic sleaze…