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Nice Weekend for a Murder
     

Nice Weekend for a Murder

by Max Allan Collins
 

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Everybody has someone they’d secretly like to kill. For Mallory and his fellow professional mystery authors, that someone is caustic book critic Kirk Rath. And while that’s no secret, it’s certainly a surprise when a busload of writers takes part in a mountain resort’s Murder Mystery Weekend — and discovers their archenemy has been

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Everybody has someone they’d secretly like to kill. For Mallory and his fellow professional mystery authors, that someone is caustic book critic Kirk Rath. And while that’s no secret, it’s certainly a surprise when a busload of writers takes part in a mountain resort’s Murder Mystery Weekend — and discovers their archenemy has been cast in the plum part of the victim.

What’s more surprising is how well Kirk Rath plays dead — until Mallory discovers the most hated man on Mohonk Mountain isn’t playing. Now, snowbound in a house full of murder mystery writers, murder mystery fans, and at least one mystery murderer, Mallory must once more play detective — for real — while keeping the weekend game-players from finding out there’s a genuine game of deadly cat-and-mouse afoot. And that’s the easy part. What’s going to be harder than Mike Hammer’s fist is figuring out if one of his comrades in crime fiction is capable of putting down the pen…and picking up the sword.

Murder will out, as they say. But can even the masterful Mallory outwit a roguish gallery of the finest plotters in print?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mystery-writer and -writing lore pervade this new effort by the author of A Shroud for Aquarius. Crime writer Mallory is invited to a mystery weekend at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York. As in real-life Mohonk mystery weekends, crime writers and fans are ``suspects'' and detective teams. The ``victim'' is to be a nasty, powerful critic who is thoroughly disliked. He storms out in a snit during the first session, and later that night when Mallory looks out of the window in his room, he sees the critic apparently being murdered. There are no other witnesses and no corpse so Mallory wonders if the killing is a hoax or part of the mystery weekend program. When Mallory and his girlfriend Jill find the critic's body the next day atop the mountain, a blizzard prevents their contacting the police. Mallory begins his sleuthing that climaxes in a snowbound, classic confrontation with everyone in dinner clothes. Adepts will spot the solution just ahead of Mallory, the mystery-within-a-mystery is a snap, and Mallory's quips wear thin. (September 14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612185255
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Series:
A Mallory Novel Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery series including Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, Eliot Ness, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Mallory novels include No Cure for Death, The Baby Blue Rip-Off, Kill Your Darlings, and A Shroud for Aquarius.

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