THE WRONG GUN by J.P. Hailey


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 When big, dumb gun-collector Russ Timberlaine comes to Steve Winslow (The Naked Typist, 1990, etc.) fearing that the .45 once owned by historic gunslinger Pistol Pete--and that's now been stolen from him--will be used to commit a crime, Steve hatches what seems like a bright idea: In addition to running a ballistic test on the fake revolver that's been substituted for the real thing, he'll buy a third .45 and return it to Timberlaine without telling him of the switch. During the house-party/gun-auction immediately following, of course, a .45 is used to kill gun expert Jack Potter, and the original Pistol Pete revolver is found next to the corpse. ``Keep your eye on the gun,'' dogged Steve tells the jury as his client goes on trial, unaware of just how many other switches--some threatening to himself, some unexpectedly droll--will be revealed. As usual, a breezy legal romp with no-frills counselor Winslow. Relax and enjoy--but don't bother following the gun; you might as well try winning at three-card monte.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1992
ISBN: 1-55611-333-1
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Donald Fine
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1992


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