Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Carrera's Woman" by Richard Marsten

From: Learning to Kill by Ed McBain. Harcourt, 2006.

From a collection of Evan Hunter's early magazine stories, "Carrera's Woman" concerns American rogue Jeff MacCauley, locked in a standoff with Mexican bandit Jose Carrera high in the Sierra Madres. Carrera has stolen MacCauley's money belt, containing $10,000. MacCauley has kidnapped Carrera's woman Linda.

In a twist on the woman-in-jeopardy theme, Linda seduces Jeff, keeping readers guessing about her true loyalties and who will prevail.

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