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"By the Balls" is a bowling alley murder mystery set in the fictional town of Testacy City. The story follows the exploits of Ben Drake, a pulp-style detective with a passion for small cigars and Old Grand-Dad and a weakness for women in trouble. Drake is employed by the Always Reddy Detective Agency, and his latest assignment is to investigate the bizarre murder of Gentleman Joe Biggs, a well-loved local bowling hero. As he continues to unearth clues in the case, Drake is drawn deeper and deeper into a city-wide criminal conspiracy. Designed in
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paperback 1st ed Los Angeles. 1998. Uglytown Productions. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 224 pages. July 1, 1998. paperback. 0966347307. keywords: Mystery ... Hard-Boiled America. inventory # 38141. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Welcome to Testacy City, a seedy desert town where Ben Drake-a detective with a passion for small cigars and Old Grand-Dad and a weakness for women in trouble-is hired to dig up the who and why behind the brutal murder of local bowling hero Gentleman Joe Biggs. Read more Show Less

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paperback 1st ed Los Angeles. 1998. Uglytown Productions. 1st Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 222 pages. paperback. 0966347307. Cover art by Paul Pope. Paperback Original. A ... Bowling Alley Murder Mystery. Illustrated by Paul Pope. keywords: Mystery Bowling America. inventory # 26421. FROM THE PUBLISHER-?Hello, ' she said, wearing a skimpy red negligee meant to barely cover her, and doing a good job of it. ?Can I help you? ' ?Yes, probably you can. ' I could detect the lust in the air, but that had nothing to do with the fact that I'm a good detective and everything to do with the fact that I'm a man. When it comes to emotional distress, there's nothing like a mourning widow. And let me tell you, Suzi Biggs was nothing like a mourning widow. She was more like a morning window. I could see right through her. ?I'm Benjamin Drake of the Always Reddy Detective Agency. I'd like to speak with you about your husband's death. ' ?You mean murder! ' ?Yeah, that's what I mean.'. Read more Show Less

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Paperback original-first printing. Fine (as new. ) SIGNED by author-first edition--A retro mystery in both tone and design-complete to the list of characters in the front of the ... book, and the map back design of the covers. First mystery introducing Benjamin Drake of the Always Reddy Dectective Agency (a 'dectective with a passion for small cigars and Old Grand-dad and a weakness for women in trouble. ') Cover art and illustrations by Paul Pope. SIGNED on the title page by both authors. Read more Show Less

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"By the Balls" is a bowling alley murder mystery set in the fictional town of Testacy City. The story follows the exploits of Ben Drake, a pulp-style detective with a passion for small cigars and Old Grand-Dad and a weakness for women in trouble. Drake is employed by the Always Reddy Detective Agency, and his latest assignment is to investigate the bizarre murder of Gentleman Joe Biggs, a well-loved local bowling hero. As he continues to unearth clues in the case, Drake is drawn deeper and deeper into a city-wide criminal conspiracy. Designed in the fashion of a 1940s pulp detective novel.
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Dashiell Loveless' By The Balls is a bowling alley murder mystery in the style of 1940s vintage pulp novels and follows detective Ben Drake as he investigates the bizarre murder of bowling hero Gentleman Joe Biggs. By The Balls is designed in the style of those "mapback" mysteries of the pulp era once published as Dell "keyhole" mysteries, and showcases the cover art and 13 full-page interior illustrations by graphic artist Paul Pope. By The Balls is classic hard-boiled detective fiction reminiscent of Mike Hammer, Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966347302
  • Publisher: UglyTown
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Bowling Alley Murders Series
  • Edition description: UNABRIDGED
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.29 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    WHAT A GEM

    This is an absolute gem of a book. I enjoyed reading and re-reading it. It is well written with great characters and situations. Would love to see this as a movie. Hope these two will keep writing so I will have something soooo enjoyable to read. I am so happy that there are young new writers that have captured the voice of past mysteries and have done it so well.

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