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Conspiracy Of Silence

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In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles" two-in-one books (flip one over to read the second title)--here is the first Wildside Mystery Double, featuring two new novels of the 1930s private eye, Joe Scintilla: CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE, by S. T. Joshi. When the lovely Lizbeth Crawford walks into Scintilla's office, she tells him that her father, wealthy industrialist James Crawford, did not kill his brother Frank, even though he confessed and is now serving a prison sentence. Is Crawford shielding someone? Why are ...
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Overview

In the tradition of the old "Ace Doubles" two-in-one books (flip one over to read the second title)--here is the first Wildside Mystery Double, featuring two new novels of the 1930s private eye, Joe Scintilla: CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE, by S. T. Joshi. When the lovely Lizbeth Crawford walks into Scintilla's office, she tells him that her father, wealthy industrialist James Crawford, did not kill his brother Frank, even though he confessed and is now serving a prison sentence. Is Crawford shielding someone? Why are both his mother and wife happy to have him imprisoned? And why did Frank's fiancée commit suicide shortly after his death? TRAGEDY AT SARSFIELD MANOR, by S. T. Joshi. Members of the Sarsfield clan have gathered at the palatial family estate under terms of the will of John Sarsfield, who created a riddle they must solve to inherit the family fortune. Scintilla is summoned by his friend (and heir), Charles Jameson, who was found holding a dagger that had been plunged into the back of his aunt, another potential legatee. But the crime is only the final act of a tragedy reaching back centuries. Can Scintilla discover the truth before his friend is convicted?
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Publishers Weekly
Packaged like one of the classic Ace "double" paperbacks, Joshi's second and third mysteries featuring 1930s PI Joe Scintilla fall short of the standard set by the first in the series, 2010's The Removal Company. Tragedy at Sarsfield Manor, the shorter and better of the two, offers an atmospheric setting for a puzzling golden age whodunit. Scintilla seeks to prove the innocence of a college friend, Charles Jameson, who was caught red-handed, literally clutching the antique dagger used to kill his aunt at the family's Maryland homestead, Sarsfield Manor. The solution will resonate with John Dickson Carr fans. In Conspiracy of Silence, an 18-year-old "blonde bombshell" hires Scintilla to clear her father of his brother's murder, which he confessed to a dozen years earlier. Conspiracy of Silence demonstrates that Scintilla's character is just not distinctive enough to carry a book that lacks a compelling plot. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434411969
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2010
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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