Manhattan, 1953. Hal Rapp?s Tall Paul, one of America?s most popular comic strips, is now a Broadway musical, infuriating Rapp?s long-time rival Sam Fizer, creator of the once beloved boxing strip Mug O?Malley. Adding insult to injury is the casting of Misty Winters, Fizer?s wife, as one of Rapp?s hillbilly gals. Then Fizer is found murdered??with all evidence pointing to Rapp.
Starr Syndicate has distribution deals with both cartoonists, but V.P. Jack Starr and his stepmother (and company president) Maggie believe Rapp?s been framed. Between loan sharks, jealous husbands, bitter artists, and Fizer?s widow, there are more colorful characters with murderous motives than in a month of Sunday funnies.
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Colorful characters with murderous motives populate this illustrated mystery, which unfolds during the Broadway season of 1953. Former striptease artist Maggie Starr continues "stripping" by distributing comic strips through her late husband's newspaper syndicate. When the heated rivalry between a pair of her cartoonists ends in homicide, Maggie and her stepson, Jack, turn detective. Together they seek the killer among a rogues' gallery of loan sharks, jealous husbands, bitter artists, and other suspects.
Author Max Allan Collins was acclaimed by Mickey Spillane himself as "a terrific writer," and this fast-paced romp through a flavorful era in comic strip history is enriched by Terry Beatty's atmospheric illustrations.
Dover (2015) republication of the edition originally published by the Berkley Publishing Group, New York, 2008.
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Max Allan Collins is the author of the USA Today bestselling CSI series, and penned the syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy from 1977-1993.
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Book Description Berkley Trade, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110425221393