The Second Longest Night

The Chester Drum Mysteries

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BASTEI LÜBBE
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To find his ex-wife's killer, Drum takes on the Communist Party. Deirdre Hartsell loved life too much to shoot herself in her pretty head. She'd been a high-society party girl since her days at college, and her two greatest passions were keeping up appearances and having a roaring good time. Women like that don't kill themselves, and Deirdre's father wants to prove that his girl didn't die by her own hand. To get the truth, he hires Washington DC's sharpest private detective, Chester Drum. After all, Drum knew Deirdre better than anyone - he was married to her. But in a town built on lies, Deirdre lived with more than her fair share of secrets, and the first thing Drum learns is that his late ex-wife was a prominent member of the Communist Party, supporting the local cell with endless donations from her fat checkbook. Did leftist sympathies get Deirdre killed? The truth lies in Venezuela - and Chester Drum has gone farther than that for answers before. Review Quote: "Drum sleuths to his own beat; he is a strong private investigator, who hooks the audience in each tale, short or long." - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews - "Marlowe's buoyant skill and credibility lie in the way he has put breath into [his] characters." - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "[Marlowe] tells a complex story vividly and vigorously." - The New York Times Book Review -. Biographical note: Stephen Marlowe (1928-2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955). Although a private detective akin to Raymond Chandler's characters, Drum was distinguished by his jet-setting lifestyle, which carried him to various exotic locales from Mecca to South America. These espionage-tinged stories won Marlowe acclaim, and he produced more than one a year before ending the series in 1968. After spending the 1970s writing suspense novels like The Summit (1970) and The Cawthorn Journals (1975), Marlowe turned to scholarly historical fiction. He lived much of his life abroad, in Switzerland, Spain, and France, and died in Virginia in 2008.
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Publisher
BASTEI LÜBBE
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Published on
Dec 10, 2014
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Pages
156
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ISBN
9783958594180
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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