Nick Quarry is a pseudonym for the author Marvin Albert. I love the name Nick Quarry! It sounds about as badass as his main character, Jake Barrow. This is your basic hard boiled detective with a questionable past. The story is that Jake is trying to get $1600 from his estranged wife. He has a joint account and seems surprised that she helped herself while he had taken off. Unfortunately, this poor woman turns up dead (probably because she was a gold digging tramp) and everyone from the cops to his estranged wife’s questionable “friends” are after him. This is a great example of the hard boiled pulps of the 1950s. Good stuff for a weekend read.