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Hunters erste Jagd (1947)

von Fredric Brown

Reihen: Ed und Am Hunter (1)

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1948 Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn't happy. He doesn't want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan-in-training stepdaughter. Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it's too late. Then his father doesn't come home one night, and Ed finds out how good he had it. The bulk of the book has Ed teaming up with Uncle Ambrose, a former carny worker, and trying to find out who killed Ed's dad. But the title is as much a coming-of-age tale as it is a pulp. Author Brown won the Edgar award in 1947 for this spectacular first-effort.… (mehr)
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An under-read pulp writer from the 1940s, this is a classic noir mystery set in Chicago, the first of a series featuring young Ed Hunter and his uncle Ambrose, a carnie. Ed's father is killed in an alley on the way home from a regular night out bar hopping. The detective seems unmotivated so these two set out to solve the mystery of his death. Brown does a good done, keeping the reader guessing who killed Ed's father and why. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Ed McBain's 87th Street Precinct series.

Sadly, I am not sure where I am going to find the rest of this series... ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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  Segudet | Dec 17, 2020 |
Really a great tone and mood to this post-war Chicago noir/pulp fiction piece. You learn more about the characters from their actions than their words as neither author nor character use extraneous descriptors. The dialogue and action comes through as clipped and succinct yet evocative. Truly enjoyed this one. ( )
  AliceAnna | Sep 22, 2018 |
I don't read mysteries, classic or modern. But I love Fredric Brown's science fiction (What Mad Universe, Martians Go Home, etc.). So I got Hunter and Hunted: The Ed and Am Hunter Novels, Part One" from my mom's library and read this, the first in the series. It's kinda pulp, kinda noir, some humor, some grit & romance & heart. I liked it a lot. But it's hard work to read if you don't know the slang of the streets and the other cultural context of mid 20th century Chicago. So, I don't know whether I'll read the others in this collection or not. I am still going to keep my eyes open for his other mysteries, too.

Btw, I wonder why we can't add links to other books here, as we can in comments?" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
By the time Fredric Brown wrote this, his first full novel, he had already been a prolific contributor to the pulp mags of the 1930s & 40s, turning in works across multiple genres from Sci-fi to Noir. The Fabulous Clipjoint duly won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and introduced a popular pair of would be detectives, Ed & Ambrose Hunter, that would feature in a further six novels. Ed is an 18 year old living in Chicago with his father, step mother and teenage step sister. His hum drum existence as a printer working at the same firm as his father by day and dreaming of becoming a jazz musician by night is shattered when his father is found dead, murdered in a dark alley in a seedy part of town. Teaming up with his Uncle, a carnival worker and ex private dick, who he hasn't seen for a decade, Ed vows to track down the killer. Brown has a unique approach to writing noir that surely shouldn't work. He manages to evoke a gritty, shadowy world filled with suspense, while also maintaining a streak of humour that runs throughout. It's both a crime story and a coming of age story as Ed follows what leads they have, while discovering how little he really knew about his own father from the stories Am tells. Brown's playfullness with the narrative comes to the fore in the scenes where Ed does a spot of roleplay, playing a sharp-suited gun killer with an imaginary gun as they try to bluff info out of suspects. And it's smooth. Brown's first person narrative and snappy dialogue just roll through the mind. It's not short of detail either with Ambrose's sometimes off the wall observations fuelled by the author's own wide experience ranging from the nature of handbags to the basic physical structure of the universe, carney lingo, pop culture references, Jazz, movies, books etc. There are clever little touches like Ed ordering "Rye," from the bartender because he'd seen George Raft order it in the 1935 version of The Glass Key but getting Dutch courage not from a stiff drink but rather from the Juke box and the high wail of Benny Goodman's clarinet. After reading several ultra cynical modern day noir novels recently it was refreshing to see that even during the golden age of the genre Noir wasn't always entirely bleak, cold and black. ( )
  Finxy | Mar 23, 2014 |
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"Beautiful as hell," I said. "But it's a clipjoint."

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1948 Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn't happy. He doesn't want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan-in-training stepdaughter. Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it's too late. Then his father doesn't come home one night, and Ed finds out how good he had it. The bulk of the book has Ed teaming up with Uncle Ambrose, a former carny worker, and trying to find out who killed Ed's dad. But the title is as much a coming-of-age tale as it is a pulp. Author Brown won the Edgar award in 1947 for this spectacular first-effort.

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