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Murder California Style: A Collection of Short Stories by the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (Signed)

Breen, Jon L., and John Ball (editors)

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ISBN 10: 0312006209 / ISBN 13: 9780312006204
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. 8vo. First printing. SIGNED on the half-title page by five of the contributing mystery writers: Howard Browne, William Campbell Gault, Jon L. Breen, Michael Collins, and Brian Garfield. Book is crisp and clean; unclipped dust jacket has a touch of wear at foot of spine. 291 pp. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 72519

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Title: Murder California Style: A Collection of ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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An anthology of short stories by such authors as Brian Garfield, Jon Breen, Raymond Obstfeld, John Ball, Robert Bloch, and Lois Du Lac

From Publishers Weekly:

This disappointing anthology collects 22 stories, from 1951 to 1987, by 23 members of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. There are big names hereJon Breen, Dan Marlowe, Brian Garfield, John Stevenson, Joseph Hansen, John Ball, Robert Bloch, William Campbell Gaultbut only a few of the stories are up to the authors' reputations. Bloch's "Final Performance" (1960) has overtones of The Postman Always Rings Twice, including a final twist with a grisly surprise from the author of Psycho that will jolt jaded readers. Gault's "And Murder Makes Four" is a classic hard-boiled story, no surprises, but lots of terrific California color. Most of the contributions are fairly predictable, but even the eight original stories seem dated next to Bloch and Gault, and John Stevenson's introduction oversells "the best in the business."
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