The Fourth Postman

St. Swithin Press
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The Fourth Postman by Craig Rice, the first mystery writer to be featured on the cover
of Time magazine.



“Plot and people as
wacky as ever, with busted Malone and chicken-poxed Justuses supplying plenty
of comedy and, surprisingly, much intriguing sleuthing. Verdict: Fun.”—The Saturday Review



“Why can’t all
murders be as funny as those concocted by Craig Rice?”—The New York Times



1 Postman! 2 Postmen!
3 Postmen! All murdered!



John J. Malone
sticks his nose into the case of the dead postmen and picks up a crack on the
head, an Australian beer hound, and six redheaded twins. It all begins when he
takes on a new client, Rodney Fairfaxx. Rodney was tabbed for the postmen
murders because he hadn’t received a letter from a dead girl for more than 30
years. Malone doesn’t think that this is enough reason to kill, but he can’t
prove it. …



 “A1.”—Kirkus
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St. Swithin Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1950
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9781927551219
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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“The grand dame of mystery mixed with screwball comedy” introduces her popular, sharp-witted Chicago lawyer/sleuth (Ed Gorman, Ellery Queen Award–winning author).
 
John J. Malone, defender of the guilty, is notorious for getting his culpable clients off. It’s the innocent ones who are problems. Like Holly Inglehart, accused of piercing the black heart of her well-heeled and tyrannical aunt Alexandria with a lovely Florentine paper cutter. No one who knew the old battle-ax liked her, but Holly’s prints were found on the murder weapon. Plus, she had a motive: She was about to be disinherited for marrying a common bandleader.
 
With each new lurid headline, Holly’s friends and supporters start to rally. There’s North Shore debutante Helene Brand; Holly’s groom’s press agent, Jake Justus; the madam of a local brothel, and Alexandria’s hand-wringing servants. But not one of them can explain the queerest bent to the crime: At the time of the murder, every clock in the Inglehart mansion stopped dead. And that’s only the first twist in a baffling case of “aunty-cide”—because Alexandria won’t be the last to die.
 
Making his debut in this fun and funny novel, Craig Rice’s one-of-a-kind Chicago attorney is “an inspired creation . . . an unapologetic champion of the defense bar . . . a defender of the guilty whose contempt for society outstrips his contempt for criminals” (Jon L. Breen, Edgar Award–winning author).
 
Eight Faces at Three is the 1st book in the John J. Malone Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Wrongly convicted of murder, a death-row chorus girl lives for revenge, in this novel from “the grand dame of mystery mixed with screwball comedy” (Ed Gorman).
 
Anna Marie St. Clair was a normal Wisconsin-farm-girl-turned-mistress when she was framed for the murder of her racketeer boyfriend, one of Chicago’s sleaziest politicians. Sentenced to death, and only hours from getting fried, a lucky hitch sets Anna Marie free, but she blackmails the corrupt warden into informing the tabloids that she took her volts like a real trouper. What better payback than to haunt the lives of those who tried to steal hers? As the shapeliest ghost in the Windy City, she’s going to prove that dying well is the best revenge.
 
Even luckier for Anna Marie, she has enthusiastic backup: attorney John J. Malone, who’s got a soft spot for scrappy dames; her best friend, nightclub stripper Milly Dale; and crime reporter Jake Justus and his wife, Helene, who are always game for adventure. But when navigating the criminal underworld gets a little too spirited, there’s no telling who’s going to end up dead.
 
The Lucky Stiff was the basis for the 1949 film starring Dorothy Lamour and Brian Donlevy. Says Louis Untermeyer, Gold Medal Award–winning poet, author Craig Rice is a “composite of Agatha Christie’s ingenuity, Dashiell Hammett’s speed, and Dorothy Sayers’s wit.”
 
The Lucky Stiff is the 4th book in the John J. Malone Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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