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 next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

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“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

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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.
 
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