The Fabulous Clipjoint

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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Born and brought up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Brown attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. His home is now in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he divides his time between reading proofs and writing book reviews for the Milwaukee Journal, and freelance writing. He has written hundreds of short stories, which have appeared in leading detective magazines, and he has been represented in Ellery Queen's Rogues' Gallery, in the Adventure in Time and Space anthology, and in Best Detective Stories of the Year-1947.Mr. Brown believes that a good book, detective story or no, should emphasize characterization. "The straight whodunit," he says, "is an intellectual exercise for the read. A second type of mystery depends upon pace; characterization is vivid but typed, and the plot is subordinate. The third and, in my opinion, the best type, which I try to write, stresses character development." He has succeeded in following his own precepts in both The Dead Ringer and The Fabulous Clipjoint.

ROSS THOMAS is the author of over twenty-five critically acclaimed novels. His debut, The Cold War Swap, was written in under six weeks and won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and Briarpatch won an Edgar Award for Best Novel. He's also written under the name Oliver Bleeck.

Thomas died in 1995 at the age of 69 in Santa Monica, California.
The first of seven cases for Ed and Am will leave readers hungry for more.-- "Kirkus"
Otto Penzler's American Mystery Classics series has been turning out gem after gem, but here we have the jewel in the crown. Brown (1906-72) is little read today, but he deserves the same acclaim as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and the other greats in the vanguard of hard-boiled crime fiction.-- "Booklist STARRED REVIEW"
Plunges the reader into a desperate, working-class America now better known through William Lindsay Gresham's precisely contemporary novel Nightmare Alley and such film-noir classics as Out of the Past and The Postman Always Rings Twice. . . . As a mystery, The Fabulous Clipjoint is most ingenious in its unusual motive and the understated parallels between the killer and Uncle Am. It's also a coming-of-age story, as young Ed tries out various adult personae.-- "The Washington Post" (4/13/2022 12:00:00 AM)