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Comments on Rough Edges: Forgotten Books: Pushover - Orrie Hitt





Updated: 2017-11-19T09:57:05.101-06:00

 



I just finished PUSHOVER, James, and I loved it. H...

2012-07-16T13:53:08.754-05:00

I just finished PUSHOVER, James, and I loved it. Have to agree with you about the ending, but it didn't ruin it for me. It was a refreshing look at the life and times of a small-time grifter.



Repeating names is always a problem for a writer, ...

2009-04-02T06:38:00.000-05:00

Repeating names is always a problem for a writer, I find. For my series of Spanish detective short stories, I have a spreadsheet with all character names used - especially since there are so many Joses/Pacos/Juans/Marias about... Number of characters in 20 stories so far - 98!
Nik Morton



By the way, Orrie seemed to have favorite characte...

2009-04-01T19:23:00.000-05:00

By the way, Orrie seemed to have favorite character names he used repeatedly:

For men--Dutch, Nicky, Jerry Slink (a classic!), Arch, Rip, Brick, Slade, Blacky, Shad Dell.

For women--Sheba, Sherry, Honey, Candy, Cherry. (All good enough to eat! LOL!)



Nik,"Hitt or Miss"Love it!Let the Hitt puns abound...

2009-04-01T19:11:00.000-05:00

Nik,

"Hitt or Miss"

Love it!

Let the Hitt puns abound!

B.Ritt



As the guy was writing so much, it seems obvious t...

2009-03-31T10:57:00.000-05:00

As the guy was writing so much, it seems obvious that some books would be either Hitt or Miss... sorry, folks. Fascinating item. Agree, covers/artwork sticks for years - whether that's from comics, magazines, paperbacks, or movie posters.
Nik Morton



No apologies necessary! Thanks for the comment. ...

2009-03-29T01:15:00.000-05:00

No apologies necessary! Thanks for the comment. I have half a dozen Hitt novels on hand at the moment and look forward to reading them.



James,I'm glad you took a "hitt" of Orrie. Maybe a...

2009-03-29T00:49:00.000-05:00

James,
I'm glad you took a "hitt" of Orrie. Maybe at some point you'll become an addict like me and want to try some of the "harder stuff", lol.

Like I wrote you, and for the benefit of those not privy to that email, I think the reason Pushover was a good place to start, but not in my top ten, was because Orrie went a little too far into the mechanics of researching, creating, and



Juri,I've been able to put my hands on some biogra...

2009-03-28T08:33:00.000-05:00

Juri,

I've been able to put my hands on some biographical info about Hitt, and there's no mention of him being involved in the Federal Writers Project. During the Thirties he was working as the caretaker at a hunting and fishing camp.

Nathan,

I'll check out that other Steve Harragan cover. Thanks!



Oh, and you can see a Steve Harragan double from G...

2009-03-28T06:39:00.000-05:00

Oh, and you can see a Steve Harragan double from Giant on my blog. I knew that character's name sounded familiar. It also features a tied up woman. Mr. Harragan's adventures seem to have been a little, uh, kinky.

http://indiecrime.blogspot.com/2008/04/wednesday-paperback-cover.html



Excellent post. I've been curious about Hitt for a...

2009-03-28T06:32:00.000-05:00

Excellent post. I've been curious about Hitt for a while, but obviously not curious enough to order any books.

It's funny about that book cover, when I looked at the top one,I thought that the woman's hands looked like they were tied behind her back, and then I scrolled down and saw that they were, in fact, tied behind her in the original.



Thanks, James. One wonders if Hitt was involved in...

2009-03-28T04:07:00.000-05:00

Thanks, James. One wonders if Hitt was involved in the Federal Writers project himself in the thirties.



Livia made great points about the value of money 6...

2009-03-27T21:01:00.000-05:00

Livia made great points about the value of money 60 years ago compared to today. When reading books from that period, i always multiple any dollar figure mentioned by 10 to put it all in perspective. That way somebody risking their life for $100,000 is really going after a cool million. Everything rings "truer" to me that way.



James ... Interesting how you remembered the artwo...

2009-03-27T20:55:00.000-05:00

James ... Interesting how you remembered the artwork. Some images make strong impressions. I wonder how often this type thing took place, recycling and modifying covers? Earlier this week, Cullen Gallagher posted on his site, Pulp Serenade, a review of Gil Brewer's 13 French Street, and he showed a wonderful cover from the 1951 Fawcett Gold Medal edition - a seductively posed woman sitting on



Juri,No, Hitt doesn't go into that aspect at all i...

2009-03-27T17:07:00.000-05:00

Juri,

No, Hitt doesn't go into that aspect at all in this book. The Federal Writers Project is just a plot gimmick. Danny and his cohorts use the research done in the Thirties when they're writing their community histories. It's his books for Novel Books that supposedly go more into his political philosophies. I have one of them on hand, but it may be a while before I get around to



Thanks for further comments, James and Livia. I go...

2009-03-27T15:13:00.000-05:00

Thanks for further comments, James and Livia.

I got to thinking about one aspect in the book. You write:

Danny Fulton, a small-time con man who, along with a couple of partners, specializes in a scam involving community histories and the Federal Writers Project of the WPA..

Now, some of the writers in the Federal Writers Project were close to Communists, like the



Thanks for another interesting post on Hitt. On t...

2009-03-27T11:31:00.000-05:00

Thanks for another interesting post on Hitt. On the basis of some of your previous entries I grabbed a copy of "As Bad as They Come". Don't know if that was a good place to start. Hitt was prolific. Like Cullen, I would appreciate some recommendations.



Cullen,Having read only the one book, I don't know...

2009-03-27T09:41:00.000-05:00

Cullen,

Having read only the one book, I don't know. Hitt wrote several different types of books. Next up for me is HOT CARGO, which concerns gun-running to Cuba. I've heard from two different sources that it's not one of Hitt's better books, but I like action-adventure stuff, so I may feel differently about it.



You're right about that plot's peculiarity. All th...

2009-03-27T08:48:00.000-05:00

You're right about that plot's peculiarity.

All these posts have made me slightly more than curious about the guy. Where should I start!!!



Nice review and I'm persuaded to try to find one.

2009-03-27T08:29:00.000-05:00

Nice review and I'm persuaded to try to find one.



And a lot of times Hitt was writing close to two b...

2009-03-27T08:23:00.000-05:00

And a lot of times Hitt was writing close to two books a month (he had 21 original novels published in 1961, along with a number of reprints), plus he got royalties on some of the books. I suspect that during his most productive years, the late Fifties and early Sixties, he was probably making ten to fifteen thousand a year, which would have been very nice money in those days. Assuming, of



Juri, my dad bought 4 acres in 1952 for $500 and i...

2009-03-27T06:41:00.000-05:00

Juri, my dad bought 4 acres in 1952 for $500 and it's worth at least $100,000 now, so value varies.
Gas in 1957 was 24 cents and a stamp was 3 cents. The average cost of a new car in 1957 was $2,100. The average household income was around $5000. In 2007, the median annual household income was $50,233.00. Things that are still bought and sold today are about 10 times more expensive than they



Great post, James! How much would $500 be now? Wou...

2009-03-27T06:05:00.000-05:00

Great post, James!

How much would $500 be now? Would you write a book for that?



I'm finishing a story for the next issue of OOTG (...

2009-03-27T05:41:00.000-05:00

I'm finishing a story for the next issue of OOTG (sexploitation theme) and could certainly have used Mr. Hitt's touch... I will click over and check out John Fraser's site.