Kingpins

Kingpins

by Cynthia Manson
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to the editors' introduction, this collection delivers ``the inside story, the dirty secrets'' of organized crime--but that promise is little more than a bill of goods. Rather, the 17 stories here represent a not particularly outstanding sampling from the Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's mystery magazines, in which all the entries first appeared. The best of the lot is T. M. Adams's ``The Iceman Cooleth,'' the tale of a numbers boss whose empire is threatened by a new state lottery as he is pursued by a hired killer. James A. Noble contributes ``Murder in the Fast Lane,'' a neat little escape from a particularly cruel murder trap; Raymond Chandler is represented with the run-of-the-mill ``Philip Marlowe's Last Case''; Stephen King and Andrew Vachss also lend their names, as do some lesser-knowns. Even comedienne Phyllis Diller puts in an appearance with ``The Misfit,'' a short-short about a would-be hit man who can't seem to get it right. Decidedly minor. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881848076
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Pages:
224

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