Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review: Charles Williams, The Diamond Bikini (1956)

Start with Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Remove the Duke, the King, and Huck, and transplant them into an Erskine Caldwell novel. Have the Duke and the King be a little bit smarter. Cut Huck's age from fourteen to seven, and make him the Duke’s son. Throw in a striptease dancer on the run from the mob, and throw in some killing, but all in fun. This is what happens when Charles Williams needs a vacation. Grade: B


  1. Charles Williams books always delivered action and sparkling writing. I prefer Williams more suspenseful novels like A TOUCH OF DEATH.

  2. This description reminds me of an episode of "I Love Lucy" where Ethel explains to Lucy how to play poker:

    "It's like Hearts...only you have to bet...and there's no Old Maids."