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Lupoff, Richard A.

ISBN 10: 031213455X / ISBN 13: 9780312134556
Published by New York: St Martin's, 1995. dj, 1995
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A Hobart Lindsay/Marvia Plum mystery, the fifth in this great series, this one set in the 'dusty world of vintage paperbacks.' SIGNED on the title page. Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (appears unread, but a hint of spine slant.). Bookseller Inventory # 28984

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Publisher: New York: St Martin's, 1995. dj

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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When a suspicious helicopter crash sends millionaire P. Vansittart to the bottom of Lake Tahoe, International Surety's ace claims adjuster Hobart Lindsey is on the case. His job: find the girl in Vansittart's policy, "the woman on the cover of Death in the Ditch" - a hardboiled novel of the early fifties.
But did this beautiful model ever exist? Or was she just the creation of another long-forgotten pulp artist's lurid imagination?
In this, the fifth novel in the series that began with The Comic Book Killer, Lindsey and his girlfriend, Berkeley detective Marvia Plum, are sent headfirst into the dusty world of vintage paperbacks on a search that turns up an old nemesis, an old love triangle, and the sinister side of America's Golden Age.

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Having plumbed the worlds of classic cars, comic books and old movies, Lupoff turns in his fifth Hobart Lindsey and Marvia Plum mystery (after The Sepia Siren Killer) to rare pulp paperbacks. While insurance-claims adjuster Hobart and Berkeley, Calif., cop Marvia are on a boat in Lake Tahoe with Marvia's son Jamie, they witness the crash of a helicopter, in which millionaire Albert Vansittart dies. In fact, Jamie captures the accident and the rescue of the pilot on video. It happens that Hobart's company, International Surety, carried Vansittart's policy, which names, as its beneficiary, the "girl on the cover of Death in the Ditch." Hobart's search for the mystery woman takes him into the world of rare paperbacks and short-lived publishers?and to New Orleans, where the story becomes one of love, sacrifice and the ideals of the Americans who fought against fascism in Spain. Eventually, his search leads Hobart to his old nemesis, Nathan ben Zinowicz, and a brutal conclusion. Amidst the mostly loud and obnoxious cast, Hobart remains likable enough to carry the reader through Lupoff's occasionally labored history lessons.
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