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Paperback Jack by Loren D. Estleman is a historical fiction with some light thriller elements based around the birth of paperback book sales

Paperback Jack by Loren D. Estleman
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Paperback Jack by Loren D. Estleman is a historical fiction with some light thriller elements based around the birth of paperback book sales.

Post-World War II, author Jacob Heppleman homes home to a changed world where the pulp magazine he previously wrote for are on their way out, being replaced by original paperback novels. Scorned by critics, they seem to sell pretty well, or so Jacob is told by the owner of Blue Devil Books. Said owner suggests Jacob change his pen name to “Jack Holly” and write crime novels. During his research, Jacob crosses paths with some unsavory characters, and finds himself targeted by both Congress and the Mob.

This book turned out to be a lot more than I was expecting! I was engaged the whole time and it was very compulsively readable. I found all of the characters very likeable, and I cared about what was going to happen to them throughout the course of this book, especially a queer side character.

I think this book is being a little mis-promoted, as I initially requested this one as a historical or noir thriller, but it’s really more historical fiction with some very light thriller elements.

There are a handful of slurs in this book. Some might argue “a product of its time” but I feel like the author could have just omitted them completely.

CW: firearms, slurs

I was provided a copy of this book for review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

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