Monday, January 1, 2018

Bennett’s Beauties: “Shake Him Till He Rattles”

Part of a month-long celebration of Harry Bennett’s artistic skills.

Shake Him Till He Rattles, by Malcolm Braly (Gold Medal, 1963). The late author Ed Gorman called this “the best novel I’ve ever read about the intersection of the Beats and criminals in the San Francisco heyday of Neal Cassidy, Jack Kerouac, etc. … It is a very precisely written and observed novel about how rich women slummed in the Beat bars of the time and how a cop persecuted the novel’s protagonist. It is grim, bleak, and one of the best novels Gold Medal ever published.”

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