Loose Women (Domino Books, 1963)

Another good Domino title, and here ol’ Orrie treads some ground that isn’t upper New York state or about insurance salesmen or peeping toms, although the narrator’s name is Joe Black, it doesn’t seem to be the same Joe Black who narrates Unnatural Urge.

Joe Black is a boat bum who spends time either down in Florida or up on the New Jersey shore, making a meager living with charters.  Hitt is walking on Gil Brewer and Harry Whittington territory here — the first clue is a woman named Cora, the ex-wife who burned him.  Right now he’s traveling  on the boat with a gal named Alice from Florida to New Jersey.  They’ve had a nice time of sailing and sex, but once they reach Jersey, he parts ways with her and she gets a job as a waitress.  He doesn’t want to get serious with any woman, even though Alice does.

Cora made him untrusting of all women and their intentions.  Joe comes from a wealthy family of lawyers and business people, and was groomed for the best college and a life as a Black.  Then, after high school, he met Cora, a bad girl from the other side of town; he got her pregnant and married her, against his parents’ wishes. They disowned him. Then Cora lost the baby and he found out what a tramp she was, how much she cheated on him even while pregnant, and he wonders if the baby was his.  He’s been disowned by his rich faily and has been working jhard labor to support her…then she takes off with some salesman and the two die in a car crash (the same back story is in Diploma Dolls, used at the narrator’s motivation for womanizing).

There is one typical Hitt element: the hot younger wife married to an older man. Carlton runs Carlton Bay but he has no good boats for charters and is always drunk.  He talks Joe into takingh a $200 job and wants Joe to stay and work for him, but Joe wants to high-tail it out, go somewhere else.  Carlton’s sexy 22-year-old wife, Sandra, tries to use her body to keep him around — and she tells him her husband is too drunk to be a man, and is unable to give her a baby, and she wants Joe to take his place: run the boating dock, have her, give her a kid.  Everything Joe doesn’t want.

But Hitt starts to fall into the typical — Sandra has an ulterior motive, a plot for murder and money, and the book wraps up like a Gold Medal-wannabe, with some implausibility on a boat drifting bind;y in the fog and five people on it.

Like the other Domino titles, Lust Prowl and The Color of Lust, this is a tight 125-page novel and the writing is clean and smooth.  Don’t know if Hitt had a good editor at Lancer or, keeping to 40,000 words, there was no need to pad his manuscripts with repetition and redundant scenes, to get to 50 or 60,000 words as his other publishers required.

On the Hitt Scale, a 7.5.

4 Responses to “Loose Women (Domino Books, 1963)”

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