Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cactus Lizzie

One of my most favorite passages is this : "Well, I reckon that there's a lotta dames playin' around like Cactus Lizzie. They're afraid of spiders but they'd just as soon stick a stiletto into their boy friend as call for a chocolate sundae." 

It's from page 4 of Peter Cheyney's  tale "Dames Don't Care." For years and years I thought he was an American writer, but he wasn't.  He was a Londoner.  French illustrators adored his work.  The USA preferred Dashiell  Hammett, until he was black listed.

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