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You Could Call it Murder by Lawrence Block
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You Could Call it Murder (1961)

by Lawrence Block

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You Could Call It Murder was one of the first few books Block published under his own name rather than under a pseudonym.
This book published in 1961 was originally written as a tie-in to a tv show. It's a mystery tale typical of the pulp era of the late fifties and early sixties. It's not filled with surprises for today's well informed reader, but it's a damn good piece of writing. It is, without qualification, well worth your time. To top it off, it is easy to read and the pages ( even virtual pages) turn very quickly in your hands. Roy Markham is a PI. A wealthy acquaintance wants Markham to find his college age daughter who disappeared from her exclusive college in a small New England town. Solving the riddle takes Markham into the small town and involves him with scandalous photos, blackmail, mobsters, and rescuing damsels in distress. The book was quite enjoyable to read.
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  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Short sweet book. So fun to read about what to do as a detective with no cell phones etc. ( )
  shazjhb | Sep 3, 2015 |
An early, vintage Block -- eminently readable and engaging. Originally published under the title "Markham." ( )
  TTAISI-Editor | Nov 11, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743445155, Mass Market Paperback)

A missing person case brings private detective Roy Markham to the remote snowy college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what started as a routine investigation has turned into something much more dark and sinister when six pornographic photos and a blackmail scheme result in a brutal murder. Now no one is safe, and Markham may be the next target....

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When a beautiful young heiress goes missing, it could be a runaway . . . or it could be murder Roy Markham figures the case of Barbara Taft will be easy. A beautiful and wealthy college girl with a wild streak, she's probably left her sleepy New England campus to be with a boy. But when her body turns up in the Hudson River, Roy suspects this is no suicide. While he's working on Barb's case, another beautiful young girl hops into his cab with killers on her tail. Suddenly the private detective finds himself wrapped up in a whole lot of females' troubles and he's got to crack the case to help themand himget out alive.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.… (more)

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