Dodge Home


F16. Angel’s Ransom

F16.1. Boucher, Anthony. New York Times Book Review 61 (Sept. 2, 1956): 15.
    “... a deliberately unheroic, patiently rational thriller, centering on the taut suspense of outwitting killers without provoking them to kill. It’s highly readable (like Dodge in any form, from hard-boiled detection to travel guides) and refreshingly off-beat.”

F16.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Service 24, no. 12 (June 15, 1956): 420.
    “Maybe not to catch Her Grace—this time—but to keep up with a Monegasque-conscious rather than mystery-minded public.” Full review online

F16.3. Derleth, August. “Gangsters and Murders in This Tale of Suspense,” Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Sept. 16, 1956): 11.
    “It is suspense-adventure fare, below average in quality.”

F16.4. Oakland Tribune (Aug. 26, 1956): 2C.
    “A luxury yacht off Monte Carlo is jarred to its keel and gunwales with a high-handed kidnapping, incarceration, terrorism and murder.”

F16.5. Offord, Lenore Glen. “David Dodge on Monaco: Another Suspense Tale,” San Francisco Chronicle (Sept. 13, 1956): 23.
    “That gay traveler, Mr. David Dodge, is in the unusual position (for suspense writers) of being responsible for a royal marriage. If he had not written ‘To Catch a Thief’ and it had not been sold to the movies and filmed abroad, Grace Kelly might not have visited Monaco at exactly the right time ... ‘Angel’s Ransom’ makes no pretense at being a true novel of character, nor is it even the best suspense story Dodge has ever done. It is, however, a beautifully put together piece of craftsmanship, with that brand of excitement and readability at which he excels.”

F16.6. P.M. “‘Angel’s Ransom’ by David Dodge,” Old Bones, January 20, 2011.
    “There is something special about Dodge’s writing in Angel’s Ransom. There isn’t anything fancy about it. No attempts at cheesy hard-boiled dialogue. No half-baked attempts to engage in fancy similes. There is precious little description. Rather, the story progresses with simple straightforward writing that, despite the lack of description, is amazingly cinematic ... This kind of evocative yet simple writing requires true talent.”

F16.7. Sandoe, James. New York Herald Tribune Book Review 33, no. 3 (Aug. 26, 1956): 9.
    “Mr. David Dodge ... returns to Monaco (where his success with ‘To Catch a Thief’ four years ago is still bearing fruit) and sets before us an even more skillful thriller about the hijacking of a millionaire’s yacht ... Very adept weaving of uncommon stuffs and all in all your only probable complaint will be that at the end there isn’t any more. First rate.”

F17. Loo Loo’s Legacy

F17.1. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Service 29, no. 15 (Aug. 1, 1961): 694.
    “... some brassy, bouncy moments ... Not always effortless, but effervescent and certainly likable.” Full review online

F17.2. Eimerl, Sarel. “For Love of Ginger,” New York Times Book Review 66 (Oct. 22, 1961): 50.
    “... much good-natured but unsubtle comedy ... A complex plot, eccentric characters and apparently insuperable difficulties which, miraculously resolved in the last few pages, shade into a blissful ending (i.e., marriage all round).”

F17.3. Feld, Rose. New York Herald Tribune Books 38, no. 17 (Nov. 26, 1961): 11.
    “... gay, mad and wholly delightful story.”

F17.4. Henderson, Robert W. Library Journal 86, no. 18 (Oct. 15, 1961): 3490.
    “A crazy story about zany people, but decidedly funny. Not as risqué as it seems to threaten.”

F17.5. Lejeune, Anthony. “Ways and Means and Moscow,” Times Literary Supplement [London] 3,038 (May 20, 1960): 325.
    “Mr. David Dodge’s new book ... belongs to the Hollywood school of warm-hearted, slightly crazy comedy ... The results are mildly funny, entirely predictable and quite harmless.”

F17.6. New Yorker 37, no. 36 (Oct. 21, 1961): 210.
    “Only a writer with Mr. Dodge’s genuinely enthusiastic touch could have brought this old story out of the files and made it go again, but he has done it.”

F17.7. Reuben, Don. “Custard Pie Treatment Given to a Solemn Subject,” Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Oct. 8, 1961): 11.
    “David Dodge has both a fine working knowledge of the laws of trusteeship and a pixyish sense of humor; he has combined the two into a frothy, extremely funny story ... The madcap plot includes four love interests, an hilarious auction scene worthy of the Marx brothers, and a lunatic wedding ... crisp and comical narrative ... proves that a deft writer can successfully give the custard pie treatment even to the solemn subject of trust administration.”

F17.8. Russ, Gaile. “Flat Souffle,” Oakland Tribune (Oct. 15, 1961): EL3.
    “Writing a successful comedy is somewhat like creating a successful souffle. You can have all the proper ingredients, measured exactly and cooked at the precise temperature, and it still falls flat. This is approximately what happened with David Dodge’s newest farce ... The story line ... really would have fared better in a shorter vehicle, eliminating needless repetition.”

F18. Carambola

F18.1. Boucher, Anthony. New York Times Book Review 66 (May 21, 1961): 30.
    “It’s almost five years since we’ve had a pursuit story from David Dodge, but he’s lost none of his old skill ... Dodge, himself a professional traveler, writes vividly and well about the Riviera, Barcelona and the hard-to-believe state of Andorra.”

F18.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Service 29, no. 6 (Mar. 15, 1961): 276.
    “A fresh use of that Household fixture—the manhunt—that traffics in human contraband, tangles its loyalties and provides a sleek entertainment.” Full review online

F18.3. Cuff, Sergeant. Saturday Review of Literature 44, no. 25 (June 24 1961): 19.
    “Yank mining engineer touring French Riviera finds seventeen-year-old daughter he didn’t know existed; he locates her remarried mom also, and ang! they’re off on a chase across Spain to rescue lady’s second hubby, sought for a killing. So away to the Pyrenees, grand scenery, and high adventure.”

F18.4. Duggan, Alfred Leo, et al. “Other New Novels,” Times Literary Supplement [London] 3,115 (Nov. 10, 1961): 809.
    “Set in the South of France, Spain and Andorra, this is a thriller of good quality about the perennially good subject of men on the run ... Mr. Dodge has the ability to present fear and to communicate it. His story ends, however, light-heartedly and fittingly.”

F18.5. Hayes, Elinor. “‘Carambola’ is Exciting Tale,” Oakland Tribune (May 21, 1961): M3.
    “David Dodge ... has written a first rate thriller with emphasis on character as well as situation. Anyone who enjoys a fast-paced action story will enjoy it mightily.”

F18.6. Kilpatrick, Clayton E. Library Journal 86, no. 10 (May 15, 1961): 1902.
    “Through atmosphere, characterization, and ultrasophisticated touches in the writing, Dodge has again created a good, clean and amazingly readable novel of suspense and chase. In this field, he is hard to beat. It is indeed good to have him around again. Recommended for all libraries, regardless of size.”

F18.7. Offord, Lenore Glen. “Chase Through Spain With David Dodge,” San Francisco Chronicle (June 28, 1961): 39.
    “... sound and beautifully complicated plot ... Mr. Dodge, always a master hand at dangers and hair-raising near misses, has never put characters through a more nerve-racking ordeal ... fans new and old should love it.”

F18.8. Ross, Anne. “Fugitive’s Rescue: A Colorful Chase Story,” New York Herald Tribune Books 38, no. 1 (Aug. 6, 1961): 11.
    “David Dodge ... has developed a charming ability to write a chase story which excites the reader without leaving him too breathless to enjoy its colorful European background ... Once again, Mr. Dodge has written a swift and entertaining yarn, which explores many colorful byways.”

F19. The Rich Man’s Guide to the Riviera

F19.1. Bates, Lewis. “Tout Va Plus,” Punch [London] 244, no. 6405 (June 12, 1963): 867.
    “Mr. Dodge’s easy blend of autobiography, anecdote and social history is very good journalism, entertaining while you are reading it and disquieting in retrospect. In his casual way he covers the Riviera thoroughly, from its geography to its crime, and shows the dirty skin under the maquillage.”

F19.2. Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus’ Service 30, no. 16 (Aug. 15, 1962): 803.
    “The title is undeniably elegant, though somewhat misleading. This book is neither a travelogue nor a guidebook to gambling halls and restaurants. It is more analogous to a journal ... both lively and witty, and, surprisingly enough, does convey to the reader a lasting impression of this area of the world.” Full review online

F19.3. Davenport, Frederick B. Library Journal 87, no. 22 (Dec. 15, 1962): 4543.
    “This book is obviously a labor of love ... [Dodge’s] observations include rollicking sketches of a society too improbable to be anything but true, so that his ‘rich man’s’ Riviera sounds like the funniest, sunniest spot on earth.”

F19.4. Hogan, William. San Francisco Chronicle (1962).
    “Dodge has put together an informative, anecodotal, slightly wicked and unquestionably entertaining book on the terrain and denizens of this sun and sex-drenched Disneyland for grownups. In spite of his tongue-in-cheek approach, it remains a first-rate guide to the region, as well as an analysis of its attitudes and manners.”

F19.5. Richardson, Joanna. Listener [London] 71, no. 1815 (Jan. 9, 1964): 78.
    “... a brash, rumbustious account of the Cote d’Azur ...”

F19.6. Times Literary Supplement [London] 3,196 (May 31, 1963): 395.
    “These two amusing books about the French Riviera cover much the same ground: beaches, bikinis, casinos, film stars, jewel robberies, and money ... a chapter in Mr. Dodge’s book about cigarette smuggling makes enlightening reading.” [Reviewed with Geoffrey Bocca’s Bikini Beach]

F19.7. Townsend, Lawrence. “Riviera Oddballs,” Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (Jan. 6, 1963): 4.
    “... this one is a dreary collection of fact and fable that is easy to put down, if ever picked up. It is not a guide in any sense of the word.”

F19.8. Weiss, Kenneth. “French Riviera Seen With Casual Abandon,” Washington Post and Times Herald (Dec. 2, 1962): G13.
    “Dodge concentrates in lighthearted fashion on the impermanencies of the Riviera, the proclivities of its inmates from era of shimmer to era of sparkle ...” [Reviewed with Geoffrey Bocca’s Bikini Beach]

Previous section F. Book Reviews - Page 4
F. Book Reviews - Page 6 Next section

David Dodge Home | Novels | Travel Books | Short Stories | Travel Articles | Plays | Bibliography | Biography | Scrapbook | Miscellany