"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"
Flight to Darkness by Gil Brewer
Eric Garth is a Korean War veteran who has spent the last several months of his life in a psychiatric ward. There, he becomes romantically involved with a nurse named Leda, who seems to have more than just a passing interest in the inheritance that Eric is due to receive once his ill mother passes. When Eric is fingered for a brutal murder, an incident that he doesn’t remember happening, he begins doubting his own sanity. Is he a delusional killer, or has he been set-up?
Florida writer Gil Brewer (1922-1983) was the author of dozens of wonderfully sleazy sex/crime adventure novels of the 1950’s and 60’s, including the best seller The Red Scarf, which sold more than a million copies. The Gina Gershon movie 3-Way was based on two of Gil Brewer’s novels. Brewer wrote some 30 novels between 1951 and the late 60s—very often involving an ordinary man who becomes involved with, and is often corrupted and destroyed by, an evil or designing woman. His style is simple and direct, with sharp dialogue, often achieving considerable intensity. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in Brewer’s books, similar to the Jim Thompson revival of the 1980’s.
Raves for Flight to Darkness
“Flight to Darkness is at once a pulp fiction classic and a sly masterpiece of amnesia literature. At his best, Gil Brewer was as good as James M. Cain and Charles Williams, and this is Brewer at his absolute best.”
“Lean, lurid, and compelling.”
“There is a Woolrichian darkness and desperation in his best work. It stays with you a long, long time.”
“For me, Gil Brewer is the premier architect of the Gold Medal noir.”