Pure Sweet Hell (1957)

Malcolm Douglas
Gold Medal 972

Exploits of an undercover G-Man in a Spanish coastal town, trying to figure out how an Italian kingpin has rerouted his drug trade through a new port of call.  "Bish" is our vice agent/narrator, masquerading as just another sailor on the New York-Spain-Italy run. No sooner does the boat pull into harbor than Bish finds his contact and partner murdered, initiating 24-hours of non-stop running and fighting centered on the possession of two packs of Lucky Strikes stuffed with cocaine.  There's also a beautiful American woman with her own problems who always seems to turn up at the wrong time.  Plucky Pablo serves as Bish's boy Friday and guide to Spanish customs.  A hundred pages in and I was both tired and confused.  Average. 

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