BUTCHER, BAKER, MURDER-MAKER by George Harmon-Ed. Coxe


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The fifth annual collection of short detective stories contributed by the Mystery Writers of America outnumbers but does not outclass the Ellery Queen symposium. Initiates will recognize some of this material- and there are many old familiars; Simenon's Maigret; Stuart Palmer's Hildegarde Withers; Clayton Rawson's Great Merlini; William Byron Mowery's Mounties; etc. But Thomas Walsh' kidnap chiller, Robert Arthur's ricochet- Change of Address, Raymond Chandler's enduring underworld, Sidney Rowland's ghoulish period piece- The McGregor Affair, and Q. Patrick's little monster, Beverly, an inquisitive, acquisitive eleven, all provide some expert excitement. Stanley Ellin, Lillian de la Torre, Bruno Fischer, Ben Benson, Michael Gilbert, Maurice Procter, Rex Stout, Anthony Boucher are also names to conjure with and over.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Knopf