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Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories of People in Peril

Howard, Clark

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ISBN 10: 1885941390 / ISBN 13: 9781885941398
Published by Crippen & Landru, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This is a fine, as new, hardcover copy number 174/225 signed and numbered by the author. With a copy of the Killing Floor laid in. In a mylar protected DJ, green spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 067620

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Title: Challenge the Widow-Maker and Other Stories ...

Publisher: Crippen & Landru, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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Challenge the Widow-Maker is about ordinary people whose pride helps them survive. Among the 12 tough but compassionate investigations into the human condition is Custer's Ghost, in which one of the last survivors of Little Bighorn finds closure after half a century, and in Animals, an old man who has lost his late wife's cat joins a street punk to free tortured animals. The book includes an introduction by the author and a complete Clark Howard checklist.


Penzler Pick, September 2000: A collection of Clark Howard's tales in a book of his own was long overdue. Having seen his first story published in the classic men's magazine, Stag, in 1956, Howard has since become a classic--and classy--crime-writing author. Frequently anthologized, Howard has also regularly been honored by the Mystery Writers of America (with seven nominations and one Edgar) and by the Private Eye Writers of America. As a frequent contributor to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, he recently set a record when he scored his fifth annual Readers Award from that influential magazine.

The pleasure of discovering his varied scenes of dramatic adventure, with their unexpected situations and all-too-human protagonists, awaits a whole new audience with the publication of this excellent collection. Whether in a back-country village on the island of Maui, where the title story is set among surfers and pearl smugglers, or in the strife-weary precincts of Belfast, Ireland, where "The Dublin Eye" plunges us into a chilling episode of revenge, Howard seems completely at home. But wherever his heroes are encountered, they are always recognized as moral men, often propelled by circumstances into stretching, even breaking, the rules for the sake of righting injustices.

Trouble is the milieu that Howard's protagonists share, and each exhibits a certain sort of masculinity that might be regarded by some as old-fashioned. The great romantic-heroic tough guys of 1940s films are this author's paradigms, and one of his most popular stories, "The Dakar Run," even pays an affectionate homage to Casablanca and Humphrey Bogart, as well as to John Garfield and the boxing-themed noir staple, Body and Soul.

Once again, the wittily named small press, Crippen & Landru (after two of the 19th century's most notorious mass murderers), is to be congratulated for its intelligent publishing program spotlighting the mystery short story. --Otto Penzler

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