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The Pitfall by Jay J. Dratler

The Pitfall - Jay J. Dratler
bookshelves: film-only, autumn-2015, north-americas, midlife-crisis, noir, mystery-thriller, tricksy, published-1941, under-10-ratings
Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al
Read from April 13 to October 25, 2015


Description: John Forbes is a family man who's tired of the 9 to 5 humdrum of his job an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon femme fatale Mona Stevens. Her boyfriend has embezzled from a store insured by Forbes' company and has showered her with gifts using the loot. Forbes comes to collect the ill-gotten gifts, but the boyfriend is in jail, and Forbes falls hard for Mona and begins an affair. The only problem is that MacDonald, a private dick who freelances for the insurance company, has had his eyes on Mona first. The obsessed MacDonald turns the soon-to-be-released boyfriend against Forbes. - Written by Martin Lewison