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The man everybody was afraid of

Author: Joseph Hansen
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, ©1978.
Series: A Rinehart suspense novel
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Police Chief Ben Orton had a gift for making enemies. He was proud to count among them hippies, homosexuals, and subversives of every race and religion. When his body was found, head smashed in, the people of his California seaside domain were shocked -- less because of the gruesome murder than because someone had finally dared to cross Ben Orton. That someone, the cops immediately claimed, as gay activist Cliff  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hansen, Joseph, 1923-2004.
Man everybody was afraid of.
New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, ©1978
(OCoLC)606570219
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Hansen
ISBN: 0030423767 9780030423765
OCLC Number: 3729359
Description: 181 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: A Rinehart suspense novel
Responsibility: Joseph Hansen.

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Police Chief Ben Orton had a gift for making enemies. He was proud to count among them hippies, homosexuals, and subversives of every race and religion. When his body was found, head smashed in, the people of his California seaside domain were shocked -- less because of the gruesome murder than because someone had finally dared to cross Ben Orton. That someone, the cops immediately claimed, as gay activist Cliff Kerlee. But insurance investigator Dave Brandstetter doesn't buy that easy answer.

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