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The Marble Orchard: A Novel Featuring the Black Mask Boys : Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Erle Stanley Gardner

Nolan, William F.

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ISBN 10: 0312140118 / ISBN 13: 9780312140113
Published by St Martins Pr, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. This unread copy is gift quality. This copy has Nolan's classic P.I. character sketch on the front free end paper. Signed below the sketch and again on the title page. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX35-7

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Title: The Marble Orchard: A Novel Featuring the ...

Publisher: St Martins Pr, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Erle Stanley Gardner, amateur detectives known collectively as the Black Mask boys, join forces once again in a mystery, set among the rich and famous of 1930s California, that moves from Hearst Castle to Venice-by-the-Sea canals.

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The Black Mask boys are back, and that's a cause for celebration. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Erle Stanley Gardner, introduced as detectives in Nolan's Black Mask Murders (1994), track down the murderer of Chandler's wife's first husband, Julian, who has apparently committed ritual suicide in a Chinese cemetery. Cissy Chandler, not buying the suicide story, puts her husband on the case. Chandler follows Julian's trail to horror-movie actress Carmilla Blastok, who leads the writerly sleuth to a thug named Enright, who may have killed Carmilla's sister. When Chandler gets in over his head, he calls his Black Mask cronies for help. Along the way, Charlie Chaplin, William Randolph Hearst, and Orson Welles also make cameo appearances. Nolan has obviously researched the Hollywood of the 1930s thoroughly; his backgrounds are always convincing, even when you don't believe the foreground for a minute. Entertaining for nostalgia buffs. George Needham

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