Gaillo paperbacks were iconic in Post-WWII Italy. Their yellow covers signified the greatest mystery/detective novels of the time, most of which were written by English writers such as Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammet and the like. To see them was to know what you were in for. And here, at francisrourke.com, I bring you my own digital form of those classic pulp paperbacks. Chapter by chapter. Week after week.
“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading character is, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.”
– Kurt Vonnegut. (Humanist)
“Sober and wise he’s stupid, drunk and stupid he’s wise.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky (Theological Psychologist)