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I watched Honey West recently on DVD and was curious how the books were Pretty awful is what I found out Incompetently written to the point where you just want it to end Odd tangents throughout In one section, Honey wants to find out if three young thugs are heroin users, and of course the best way to find this out is to challenge them to a game of strip poker track marks under their long sleeves, get it Despite winning several hands, in which they remove their pants before their shirts, Honey loses because she s wearing a single piece outfit Further examples like this abound Schizophrenic writing, with some really labored metaphors thrown in to further try one s patience Suspension of logic and reality throughout Every character is a suspect until he or she turns up dead at the end of the chapter Authors it s a husband and wife team pretty much admit at the end that they don t know what happened or why in their own book About the only good thing I can say is it s short. Could not put it downAmazing book Kept me on my toes the whole time I had a very hard time putting this thriller down This Girl For Hire, published in 1956, was the first of eleven Honey West crime thrillers written by Gloria and Forrest E Fickling under the name G G Fickling The Honey West character is probably better known these days from the 1960s Honey West TV series starring Anne Francis in the title role.The back cover blurb memorably describes Honey West as the nerviest curviest private eye in LA, with the sleuthmanship of Mike Hammer and the measurements of Marilyn Monroe That gives a pretty accurate picture of the kind of book this is it s trashy, pulpy fun.Honey s father was a PI who was murdered and Honey then took over the business She s not quite a female Mike Hammer but she does her best She s not as violent but she has the attitude and she s sufficiently adept at judo and street fighting to handle herself pretty well She packs a.32 revolver but she uses her feminine wilesoften than she uses her gun When she needs to find out if a bunch of guys are heroin users she needs to get a look at their arms, so she does the obvious thing she challenges them to a game of strip poker OK, that s not what Mike Hammer would do, but he d probably approve And since she s a good card cheat she figures they ll end up losing their clothes before she does It almost works, if only she hadn t drawn that lousy deuce in the last hand And maybe it would have been a better idea if she d started off wearingthan one item of clothing The case she s working on involves the sleazy world of network TV Former matinee idol turned loser Herb Nelson ekes out a living playing bit roles on TV, including the popular Bob Swanson Show Now he s convinced that Swanson is trying to kill him so he engages Honey West to keep him alive She soon discovers that Herb Nelson is not the only one who thinks someone is trying to kill him, and that just about everyone working on the show would like to murder at least one other person involved with the show And apparently these TV people dothan just talk about murder Corpses start to accumulate at an alarming rate Honey has landed herself a job on the show, as an actress She can t act, but with a figure like hers nobody cares if she can act or not The only trouble is that she might turn out to be the next victim.The plot is outrageously convoluted and as the body count rises it getsconvoluted Honey is not your classic fictional detective She doesn t wait for the evidence to mount up She plays hunches At one stage or another she manages to suspect every single character in the book And she s not the type of detective to keep her hunches to herself as soon as she suspects someone she comes right out and accuses them While she breaks most of the rules for fictional detectives one can t help suspecting that maybe real life detectives actually operatelike Honey West than Sherlock Holmes And she s nothing if not dogged, and she does get there in the end, and gets there before her pal Mark, the homicide cop.There s a fair bit of implied, and even overt, sleaze Honey is definitely attracted to the male of the species The violence is fairly graphic for its time as well This is very much pulp detective fiction Great literature it ain t but it s entertainingly trashy. There are some similarities between this book and the short lived television show a single season with 30 episodes in that they both have a private eye named Honey West and she is female Very female In This Girl for Hire, first book in the series, Honey gets involved with the crazy world of television, first hired to protect an actor who is murdered , then to find out who tried to poison producer Sam Aces Between the beginning and the end, we have nine deaths, a narcotics ring, and a really interesting game of strip poker.During the course of the book, Honey often loses her clothing At one point she shucks off her dress she can hardly jump into the swimming pool to save a drowning man fully clothed, can she , and she seems to have trouble keeping a swimsuit on gosh, ocean waves are really rough , but like the characters on Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom, Honey is always clothed in her virtue and righteousness, and if you think she isn t you might end up flat on you back with a busted jaw or broken nose or both , wondering what happened.It is certainly the sort of book that could not be written today, but back in the mid fifties the TV series came out in the mid sixties as a spin off from Burke s Law it was naughty fun, but altogether innocent Forest and Gloria Fickling wrote under the name G.G Fickling, still a common ploy for fuzzing the gender of a writer, with Gloria contributing plot ideas and fashion sense and Forest providing dead bodies and his typing skills They wrote eleven adventures for the blonde bombshell who managed to have a.32 at hand, no matter what fashion mishap has happened.As a detective, Honey has all the virtues of her sex with very few of the faults, plus the added advantage of being able to catch people especially us dumb ole men off guard They always underestimate her, much to their later chagrin She was raised by her father, a private eye, and took over his business when he was shot well before the start of the book , so she knows all the tricks of the trade, and then some She is relentless in her pursuit of justice, never quitting, no matter what While Honey was hardly the first female detective in fiction, she was one of the first on television.This is a great book for escapism, for the excitement of the chase, for a glimpse into the world of the fiftieswhile it is hardly realistic except for the surprisingly gritty depiction of a drug riddled television culture, just as it still is now , it is an interesting look into the s of society filtered through fiction It is engaging, well plotted and has twists to keep you turning the pages till the surprising end. I dont think its a good suspence thriller Despite the bad writing and illogical plot line, I chuckled and laughed through the pages of this sophomoric work It is as bad as the television show. This Girl for Hire by G.G FicklingReviewed by Andrew MacRaeThe recent passing of actress Anne Francis caused me to pick up a copy of the second Honey West novel, written in 1957 by G.G Fickling Pen name of husband and wife writing team Forest and Gloria Fickling This is a 2005 release by Overlook TP with an attractive cover suggestive of pulp novels of the fifties but not so lurid you can t read it at your favorite coffee house without a paper bag over it or being subject to sidelong glances.Although this book has reached the half century mark it reads fresh and without jarring anachronisms Indeed, Honey is ahead of her time early in the book when she complains of the difficulty of being a woman in a man s occupation She s a private eye, following in the footsteps of her slain father The book opens with a murder scene, the victim Honey s latest client The pace is fast and the setting quickly jumps to Catalina Island where most of the action takes place There are suspects, beautiful women including Honey who seem to lose their clothes at the drop of a bikini,suspects,murders, a strip poker game,suspects andmurders.The humor sprinkled throughout the story counters the high body count and complicated plot resulting in a lightweight, hard boiled detective story, deftly told and making a good read. Never knew that this was a great series of novels, thought it was just a horrid TV show Honey West is the nerviest, curviest P.I in Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter She s a cross between James Bond and The Avengers Emma Peel a girl detective with the sleuthmanship of Mike Hammer and the measurements of Marilyn Monroe, and This Girl for Hire is the first in a series of darkly funny and innuendo laden crime novels originally published in the 1950s and 1960s In this one, Honey finds herself playing strip poker with four murder suspectsand a deck that s as stacked as she is Honey has her hands full with the corpse of a washed up Hollywood entertainer, a battered beauty, and a poisoned pipsqueak not to mention the guy who tries to get her to model a transparent bathing suit in his swimming pool shaped like the body of a very large bosomed woman Fortunately, with her 38 22 36 measurements, taffy colored hair, big blue eyes, and baby bottom complexion, Honey fits right in with the Hollywood types as she searches out the clues aboard a yacht christened Hell s Light Just bring a swimsuit and a toothbrush, says Sam Aces, the producer, but it s a good thing Honey s packed her.32, too. Noir MasterGood pacing and character development for the first in a series One of my favorite things I learned about the authors was that the husband and wife wrote these stories together. `Download Book ✐ Honey West: This Girl for Hire (Honey West) ⇨ Sexy Los Angeles Private Detective Honey West Matches Wits With Four Murder Suspects As She Investigates The Deaths Of A Washed Up Hollywood Entertainer, A Beautiful Woman, And A Poisoning Victim, In A New Edition Of A Crime Novel First Published In The S