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In the midst of a demonstration staged by sit-down strikers, WPA Administrator Henry Ireton is murdered at his desk. Ex-newspaperman Jim Moore has been sent from Washington to look into trouble in Ireton’s district, and finds himself both the temporary new deputy administrator and sidekick to Lieut. Pietro Tonelli, the hard-boiled but human ace of the Homicide Squad, as they investigate the murder. The killer strikes again, but Moore and Tonelli discover further trouble as evidence arises that a secretive criminal organization has spread its tentacles throughout Ireton’s district, threatening to spread nationwide. Politics and murder go hand in hand in Murder in the WPA.
Murder in the WPA was published in 1937. (More classic mysteries available from CoachwhipBooks.com.)