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Pick Your Victim by Patricia McGerr

Pick Your Victim

by Patricia McGerr

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A group of Marines in the Aleutians learn of a murder from an incomplete newspaper. They know who confessed to the crime but not the identity of the victim. Pete, one of the Marines once knew the suspects. They have a lottery based on the victim's identity while Pete tells what he remmebers about them.… (more)



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A murder mystery set in Washington D.C. and solved by a Marine in the Aleutian Islands. A maddeningly incomplete newspaper scrap, used as padding in a Christmas box sent to the Aleutians, which provides the unusual crime puzzle. A corpse which must be one of the ten persons — but which one? A good many queer doings in a "strictly philanthropic" organization which is making big profits. A childhood fit of temper for which the owner gladly pays for 40 years. Several spicy scandals. A typewritten letter which is an indirect attempt to murder. A brown woolen scarf which is both the means and solution of a murder. A fantastic suicide attempt which may spell gruesome murder. A murder sweepstake held by a group of Marines to determine not whodunnit, but whodunnin, wherein the victim of the crime, rather than the culprit, is unknown.


A group of Marines in the Aleutians passes the time by attempting to solve a murder committed in Washington, D.C., at the supposedly philanthropic organization SUDS (Society for the Uplift of Domestic Service). A torn clipping from a hometown newspaper informs them of the murderer's name and confession, but a missing segment prompts them to initiate their far-off investigation into the identity of the corpse, which could have been any of some ten persons.

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