The Corrupt and the Innocent
Corgi, London, 1968
This novel is for Polly and Jim
dedication: This novel is for Polly and Jim
The blurb on the back:
DONNA - She was seventeen years old, pony-tailed, and everyone's idea of the girl next door.
It starts in classic hard-boiled style:
You kind of know where you are, don't you? You know that if you look up you'll see a sign that reads 'Welcome to Chandler Country'. The narrator may be a PR man rather than a PI but the essence is undiluted.
And it's not bad at all, if you like this kind of thing. It doesn't really have anything much to say about the music business, but it is one of the earliest attempts to bring pop into an established detective format, and thus lays the foundations for the likes of Some Lie and Some Die and Steel Guitar.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5