Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Man Trap by Matt Harding

Man Trap was reprinted several times, but this 1970 MacFadden-Bartell paperback has the best cover. Man Trap was originally published in 1960 and written by Matt Harding, about whom I know nothing. Man Trap is not a sex book, although it has a sexy cover. This one falls into the category of “men’s adventure” which remains a dying breed in these sterile, digital times. The set-up is simple: Lora Hunter was a girl that enjoyed lovemaking, and she demonstrated that enjoyment with most men that wanted her. One man wanted her more than the others; a man with a past, a man named Mack. She didn’t like the arrangement, and she was frightened, and so she ran. Mack was violent and cruel and she never wanted to see him again. But Mack found her, and her life was filled with terror. Very soon, Lora would realize she might have friends, but who she could really trust, and if she might even survive knowing Mack was something that was too dangerous to think about. Lora is a swinging love machine all the way, disaffected and not quite wise enough to escape being abused.  Man Trap can be read in a few hours. The lean prose is provocative, the characters believable, the suspense level consistent. It’s not altogether memorable, and I suppose it’s primary fault being that it’s a tad heavy with stilted dialogue that was intended to be meaningful. The MacFadden-Bartell paperbacks from this period are wildly different in quality, and Man Trap falls into that middle field of interest.

4 comments:

  1. A friendly response to your comment that men's adventure has become "a dying breed in these sterile, terminaltimes." Similar to the case of Mr. Twain, reports of its dying state are premature. I am not alone in enjoying (and participating in) a healthy new golden age of this genre. Ebooks are today's paperbacks. This is your invitation to see for yourself! http://stephenmertz.com/

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    1. Thank you for checking in Stephen, I appreciate your taking the time to read the blog and comment. I will indeed check out more of your books. You may be surprised to know I have some!

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  2. Matt Harding was really Western writer Lee Floren. MAN TRAP was published originally by Beacon Books. I'm pretty sure I have a copy of that edition on my shelves somewhere, but I've never read it.

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    1. Thank you James! I ad a feeling someone would know who Matt Harding was and I sincerely appreciate that clarification! It is always a pleasure to hear from you!

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