Cabinet 3: Crime & Murder
Dick Wordley, Jig for the Hangman. Sydney: Invincible Press, [195-?]. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.W67 J53;
The last line of the blurb on the back cover of J. M. Flynn’s The Girl from Las Vegas reads: ‘Matt Tara was going to end up one very dead barkeep.’ Perhaps he would be shot by the pistol-holding, striped-pyjama girl, who looks like a cross between Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Eden of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ fame. Flynn himself was a boozy Boston Irishman who, after writing for newspapers, turned to everything else, including mystery writer. The Girl from Las Vegas was originally an Ace Double publication.
The first line of the blurb for Dick Wordley’s Jig for the Hangman reads: ‘When a Fisheries Inspector’s body was washed up in the dark weed of the Derwent River, the Coroner’s finding was “accidental death”.’ Wordley wrote numerous mysteries for Invincible Press.