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Make Me an Offer, by Wolf Mankowitz

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Essentially Wolf Mankowitz’s quaint little book is a tough-guy detective story chase. It’s been dressed up with a late Victorian pink and black jacket and finely detailed line drawings, but the language and movement are out of early Hammett. There is the characteristic brooding passage of self-examination by the hero which ends with a “to hell with it,” and the typically understated description of a female: “She was wearing jodhpurs and a yellow sweater, and her figure didn’t suffer by it.”

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