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The puzzle of the happy hooligan

Author: Stuart Palmer; Otto Penzler
Publisher: New York : Penzler Publishers, 2018.
Series: Otto Penzler's classic American mystery library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hildegarde Withers is just your average school teacher -- with above-average skills in the art of deduction. The New Yorker often finds herself investigating crimes led only by her own meddlesome curiosity, though her friends on the NYPD don't mind when she solves their cases for them. After plans for a grand tour of Europe are interrupted by Germany's invasion of Poland, Miss Withers heads to sunny Los Angeles  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Palmer; Otto Penzler
ISBN: 9781613161043 1613161042 9781613161142 161316114X
OCLC Number: 1039074740
Description: v, 185, 9 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: None Had Ever Died There a Natural Death --
Dust in the Streets, and Blood --
He Turns a Face of Terror --
A Madman Beats Upon a Drum --
For Men to Take Their Exits --
The Subtle Ways I Keep --
A Borrower of the Night --
There Will Be Time to Murder --
I Had Done a Hellish Thing --
If the Grave-Pit Be Shallow --
About Dead Bodies --
The Thing Is Found.
Series Title: Otto Penzler's classic American mystery library.
Responsibility: Stuart Palmer ; introduction by Otto Penzler.

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"Hildegarde Withers is just your average school teacher -- with above-average skills in the art of deduction. The New Yorker often finds herself investigating crimes led only by her own meddlesome curiosity, though her friends on the NYPD don't mind when she solves their cases for them. After plans for a grand tour of Europe are interrupted by Germany's invasion of Poland, Miss Withers heads to sunny Los Angeles instead, where her vacation finds her working as a technical advisor on the set of a film adaptation of the Lizzie Borden story. The producer has plans for an epic retelling of the historical killer's patricidal spree -- plans which are derailed when a screenwriter turns up dead. While the local authorities quickly deem his death accidental, Withers suspects otherwise and calls up a detective back home for advice. The two soon team up to catch a wily killer. At once a pleasantly complex locked room mystery and a hilarious look at the foibles of Hollywood, The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan finds Palmer, a screenwriter himself, at his most perceptive. Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, this riotously funny novel shows why Hildegarde Withers was among the most beloved detectives of the Golden Age American mystery novel." --

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