Friday, April 17, 2009
Forgotten Books: MAD FOR KICKS -- Jack Lynn
Wedge narrates his adventures in the first person, but this time the action begins in a third-person prologue that describes a brutal rape. Wedge is hired to find the rapists, which is how he gets involved with the syndicate hoods and the thrill-mad beatniks. It's all pretty complicated, but Wedge's wise-cracking narration carries it right along.
Naturally, there's plenty of sex. But since the book was published in 1960, it's all very sedate. No descriptions of the act, no dirty words. There are, however, plenty of descriptions of naked women because women just can't resist Tokey Wedge.
Here's what Men's Digest supposedly said about the book: "Mad for Kicks outdoes Lady Chatterly's Lover and any book you care to name for the strong stuff that you men like. Not recommended for women or children. This Novel Book powerhouse will make you do a double-take every time you pass a beatnik."
They don't write 'em like this anymore.