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The Laurel and Hardy Murders

Kaye, Marvin

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ISBN 10: 0525143971 / ISBN 13: 9780525143970
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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NY: E.P. Dutton, 1977. Hard Cover w/ DJ. First Edition (stated with complete number line). 8vo, 181 pp. The interior is crisp and clean, with no marks or signatures. Bindings are fresh showing no wear. DJ is bright, not price-clipped ($7.95). DJ is lightly shelfworn and rubbed, protected in mylar jacket. Book and DJ condition: near fine. Books are shipped quickly and securely packed. Domestic orders include USPS Tracking. Bookseller Inventory # 5747

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Title: The Laurel and Hardy Murders

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The worst comic in New York is dead, and Hilary wants to know who gave him the hook...

The Sons of the Desert are serious about comedy, fond of cocktails, and utterly devoted to the films of Laurel and Hardy. Their meetings are always merry, boozy romps, but the laughter dies whenever Wayne Poe takes the stage. A comic with bad timing, bad material, and a mean streak, he’s known for stealing jokes and getting nasty when they bomb - which is just about every time he steps into the spotlight.

Wayne has been murdering comedy for years, and now someone has decided to return the favor.

Press agent and occasional sleuth Hilary Quayle is at her first meeting of the Sons of the Desert, accompanied by her assistant, Gene, when Wayne unexpectedly takes his final bow. And while Hilary may not know much about Laurel and Hardy, only she has the wit to unmask the club member who’s looking to get the last laugh.

About the Author:

Marvin Kaye (b. 1938) is the author of more than forty books. Born in Philadelphia, he attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with advanced degrees in theater and English literature. After reporting for the national newspaper Grit for several years, he moved to New York City and found work in publishing. He published his first nonfiction book, The Histrionic Holmes, in 1971, and followed it with the mystery novel A Lively Game of Death (1972), which introduced sleuthing public relations agent Hilary Quayle, Kaye’s most famous character. 

In addition to five Quayle novels, Kaye has written and edited dozens of works of fiction and nonfiction. He is also one of the founders of the Open Book, New York City’s oldest continuously operating reading theater. In 2010, the theater produced Kaye’s Mister Jack, a comedy about Don Juan. Before his retirement, Kaye taught creative writing at New York University, and regularly performed improvised comedy at the Jekyll & Hyde Club. 

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