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The Boys from Joppa a book by Maine writer L. E. Barrett may have ushered in a new era of pulp fiction. The newly published book is a strange brew of fiction, historical events and unforgettable characters. In the early 1960s, Hallowell, Maine was a sleepy small city on the Kennebec River. Dip Barrett ran a beer store where he socialized with local criminals and took bets for horse racing tracks around the state. His business and the community are turned upside down when the body of a young man is found in the Kennebec River, a poker game leads to a major robbery, a young wife is seduced into a private sex club, a 16 year old boy finds love with a much older woman, a young man's suicide is a mystery to everyone, and the town drunk becomes a criminal master mind.

The Boys from Joppa is historical pulp fiction at its best. A throwback to the trashy novels of the 1940s to 1960s where women craved love, men were tough, and violence was a business opportunity. The type of memorable situations and vivid characters found in the works of Steinbeck and Doctorow who don't just exist on the page of a book, but take up residence in your life. The book is insightful, funny, thrilling and sexy without pretense. This masterfully told tale will have you turning each page with an eagerness to read more and more. The book's power coming directly from its intriguing characters, an imaginative plot and a seamless story.

The Boys from Joppa is the first book in the Kennebec River Trilogy. Book two, Dummers Lane, and book three, The Valley of Good and Evil transport the characters and the plot from their finely crafted roots in The Boys from Joppa to the last thrilling page of the trilogy, this book can only be classified as a must read for fans of pulp fiction, romantic fiction, action fiction, realistic plots and a first-rate adult read.



THE BOYS FROM JOPPA

The pulp magazines of the 1930s-1950s were wildly popular for their lurid stories of lustful dames, beady-eyed goons with guns, nasty villains, crime and violence. And now Hallowell author L.E. Barrett is bringing the pulps back with this first book in his planned "Kennebec River Trilogy."

"The Boys From Joppa" is an ambitious and uneven blend of pulp fiction, mystery and historical commentary, taking place in Hallowell in the 1960s. Joppa is a tough neighborhood of beat-up houses, rundown tenements and dead end opportunities, where poor working-class folks did whatever they could to just get by. Barrett paints a vivid picture of the neighborhood's poverty and hopelessness.

Dip's Store is a fixture in Joppa, a phony grocery store that sells only beer and smokes, and where Dip also runs a betting operation. The cops would love to close him down, but Dip always manages to dodge the law. Dip's Store is the nucleus of this story, all the plotlines run through Dip's somehow, and he knows everybody's business.

Numerous characters and subplots cross throughout the story, from the gang of inept, petty thieves who steal a railroad boxcar full of liquor and don't know what to do with it, to the dead body floating in the Kennebec River, the kid hanging in a surprised man's barn and the bumbling cops, the wife-beating husbands and the cheating housewives.

Loaded with criminal behavior, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, graphic sexual activity and snappy dialogue and action, this reads like a hyperactive Mickey Spillane meets Don Knotts. The ending is abrupt, with no plot resolution, setting the obvious hook to pick up the sequel -- "Dummer's Lane." Still, this is fast, fun pulp reading, but don't expect too much.

Bill Bushnell lives and writes in Harpswell.

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In the early 1960s, Hallowell, Maine was a sleepy small city on the Kennebec River. Dip Barrett ran a beer store where he socialized with local criminals and took bets for horse racing tracks around the state. His business and the community are turned upside down when the body of a young man is found in the Kennebec River, a poker game leads to a major robbery, a young wife is seduced into a private sex club, a 16 year old boy finds love with a much older woman, a young man’s suicide is a mystery to everyone, and the town drunk becomes a criminal master mind.


The Boys from Joppa is historical pulp fiction at its best. A throwback to the trashy novels of the 1940s to 1960s where women craved love, men were tough, and violence was a business opportunity. The type of memorable situations and vivid characters found in the works of Steinbeck and Doctorow who don’t just exist on the page of a book, but take up residence in your life. The book is insightful, funny, thrilling and sexy without pretense. This masterfully told tale will have you turning each page with an eagerness to read more and more. The book’s power coming directly from its intriguing characters, an imaginative plot and a seamless story.

The Boys from Joppa is the first book in the Kennebec River Trilogy. Book two, Dummers Lane, and book three, The Valley of Good and Evil transport the characters and the plot from their finely crafted roots in The Boys from Joppa to the last thrilling page of the trilogy, this book can only be classified as a must read for fans of pulp fiction, romantic fiction, action fiction, realistic plots and a first-rate adult read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4574 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998834602
  • Publisher: Snitch LLC (15 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZHDBDV
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