Gil Brewer                    noir fiction writer
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  Gil Brewer - noir fiction writer  

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 Backwoods Teaser and Nude on Thin Ice; some of them starring private eye Lee Baron (Wild) or the brothers Sam and Tate Morgan (The Bitch). 

Gil Brewer
, who had not previously published any novels, began to write for Gold Medal Paperbacks in 1950-51. 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.

Brewer was one of the many writers who ghost wrote under the Ellery Queen byline as well. Brewer also was known as Eric Fitzgerald, Bailey Morgan, and Elaine Evans.


Recent Titles available from StarkHouse Press that have been edited by David Rachels.

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"A Taste for Sin"
The Vengeful Virgin  

Her wealthy stepfather was dying...
But not quickly enough......

What beautiful 18-year-old would want to spend her life taking care of an invalid? Not Shirley Angela. But that’s the life she was trapped in—until she met Jack.

Now Shirley and Jack have a plan to put the old man out of his misery and walk away with a suitcase full of cash. But there’s nothing like money to come between lovers—money, and other women...

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First publication in more than 40 years!
Bestselling author of THE RED SCARF, which sold more than 1 million copies
The Gina Gershon movie 3-Way was based on two of Gil Brewer's novels


"A Cainlike story of greed, sex and murder, culminating in retributive horror worthy of Jim Thompson."
— Anthony Boucher, The New York Times

"[Brewer] produced some of the most compelling noir softcover originals of the 1950s [and] THE VENGEFUL VIRGIN is among my favorites."
— Bill Pronzini

Gil Brewer


Links of note

STARK HOUSE PRESS Hard Case Crime therapsheet Mystery File George Tuttle Fantastic Fiction

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