I may be out of Brak the Barbarian covers to show, but I’ve still got a pretty deep pile of John Jakes books. This curiosity came by way of my colleague Pierce Watters. “John Jakes reads good, like a mystery should.” I love that.
There’s nothing fantastic about the four Johnny Havoc novels unless you count the fact that women would fall all over themselves to sleep with a five-foot-one red head Jakes imagined might be played by Mickey Rooney.
This is the third book in the series, and the only one in my collection. I chose it tonight because my girlfriend Danica and I just finished watching the movie Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, with Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. I thought it was a fun crime drama in the Elmore Leonard school, but the thing that struck me most about the movie was that the action was tied to a series of late-70s crime novels just like this one.
They even used Robert McGinnis covers! I’d have posted more of those, but so far I only have one in my collection. For now The Doll Who Had It will have to suffice.