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The Wheel of Passion by Charles Verne aka Orrie Hitt and Joe Weiss (Key Publishing, 1957)

Posted in lesbian pulp fiction, noir fiction, Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , , , on January 12, 2011 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

Orrie Hitt, with (we believe) Joe Weiss or someone else, used the pen name Charles Verse twice: Mr. Hot Rod and The Wheel of Passion, the pen Roger Normandie four times, and possibly Fred Martin with Hired Lover. The Key Publications books all came out in 1957 and were in hardback.  The telltale signs are alternating chapters with different writing styles, hardcore S/M spanking scenes, and sections in italics.  The language is a tad more racy than that in the paperbacks.

The Wheel of Passion covers territory that Hitt would later re-vise in Carnival Girl, Carnival Honey, and Carnival Sin.  Yes, the narrative is set around a carney, focusing on Bunny,  a terribly gorgeous redhead with a 38-inch bust, whose father owns a carney business and has kept her shielded from that life, sending her to private school and raising her in a upper-middle-class community. Her father has just run away and married one of the carney dancers, a woman half his age, so is incommunicado; the carney manager comes looking for him, frantic because several routes are in dire financial need.  Bunny decides she needs to jump in and help the family business.

Sounds like the exact plots of Carnival Honey and Carnival Girl..because all three books are the same story, but The Wheel of Passion is the first.

So Bunny jumps in, she becomes a dancer, she has lesbian encounters, she sleeps with the manager, etc.

An okay book. Mr. Rot Rod was the better Charles Verne.

Hot Cargo by Orrie Hitt (and ???) (Beacon Books, 1958)

Posted in Orrie Hitt, pulp fiction, Vintage Sleaze Paperbacks with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by vintagesleazepaperbacks

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…