Saturday, January 26, 2008

Book Review: Dan J. Marlowe, The Name of the Game Is Death (1962)

The only redeeming feature of Stephen King's disastrous The Colorado Kid is its dedication page, which plugs Dan J. Marlowe's The Name of the Game Is Death, a noir classic featuring a sociopathic antihero of the Jim Thompson variety. The novel builds to a feverish ending which, to my mind, strains too much for effect--but this opinion may well find me in the minority. Grade: B+


  1. I've read all of Dan J. Marlowe's books. THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH is my favorite.

  2. Blog author : How about adding to the Subject Index your grades (A, B, C, D, F) -- or even just the A, A-, B+, Bs, so we can quickly get a list of what you think is worth reading?

  3. I like it! That may be a project for Spring Break.