Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Dead Beat: The Harry Fannin Detective Novels

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Before achieving critical acclaim as a novelist, David Markson paid the rent by writing several crime novels, including two featuring the private detective Harry Fannin. Together here in one volume, these works are now available to a new generation of readers.

In Epitaph for a Tramp, Fannin isn't called out to investigate a murder — it happens on his doorstop. In the sweltering heat of a New York August night, he answers the buzzer at his door to find his promiscuous ex-wife ...

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Overview

Before achieving critical acclaim as a novelist, David Markson paid the rent by writing several crime novels, including two featuring the private detective Harry Fannin. Together here in one volume, these works are now available to a new generation of readers.

In Epitaph for a Tramp, Fannin isn't called out to investigate a murder — it happens on his doorstop. In the sweltering heat of a New York August night, he answers the buzzer at his door to find his promiscuous ex-wife dying from a knife wound. To find her killer, Fannin plies his trade with classic hard-boiled aplomb. In the second novel, Epitaph for a Dead Beat, Fannin finds himself knee-deep in murder among the beatniks and bohemians of the early 1960s, where blood seems to flow as readily as cheap Chianti.

Intricately plotted and rife with wisecracks, David Markson offers suspenseful and literary crime novels.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
David Markson fans will welcome the reissue of his two Harry Fanin novels, both noir classics, Epitaph for a Tramp & Epitaph for a Dead Beat. (Jan) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

These two noir novels, released in 1959 and 1961, respectively, are outings in Markson's Harry Fannin detective novels set in Greenwich Village in New York City. The tramp is Fannin's ex-wife, who turns up on his doorstep with a knife in her chest. She was no good, but, still, they were married, so Fannin goes on the prowl. Dead Beattakes the PI deep into the Village's Bohemian heart.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593761349
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 377
  • Sales rank: 815,096
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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