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Night of the jabberwock by Fredric Brown

Night of the jabberwock (1950)

by Fredric Brown

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Funny, clever, original - almost as good as his science fiction. I just got so tired of all the drinking though. If I read another Brown mystery I'm going to count how much they drink. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Over the course of a single night, the owner/editor of a small newspaper finds himself confronted by a strange character who knows too well about his Lewis Carroll obsession, gangsters, a haunted house, two flat tires, an escaped lunatic, a Sheriff who wants to kill him, too many dead bodies, surprising heroism, and a few other things, all the time consuming enough bottles of whiskey to kill him--provided someone else doesn't do so first. This is a wild roller coaster from start to finish, completely implausible, but made vastly enjoyable by one of the 20th Century's most engaging writers. It's almost as if Brown wrote the book in the same type of sprint you'll find yourself reading it in. I've been a Brown fan for a long time and I'm glad I finally caught up with this one. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 24, 2015 |
Doc Stoeger, Lewis Carroll expert, is the proprietor, sole journalist and editor of the Carmel City Clarion. On this Thursday night he is setting up Friday's edition and bemoaning yet another week with no real news. By the next morning the whisky-fuelled Stoeger has been involved in four deaths and a bank robbery, threatened by mobsters and arrested. ( )
  pamelad | Apr 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688031501, Paperback)

This sharp, ironic, tightly written thriller takes place during a single night, during which our narrator, editor of a small-city newspaper, shows what stuff journalists were made of then by consuming a truly epic amount of alcohol and unweaving an artfully tangled web.

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"In the small town of Carmel City, it's just another Thursday night for longstanding editor and Lewis Carroll aficionado Doc Stoeger as he puts his weekly newspaper to bed. Of course there isn't any real news in the Carmel City Clarion, but then there never is, and Doc wishes that for once something would happen on a Thursday evening to give him a hot story to break. Before the night is through, Doc's wishes come true and he gets tangled up in a bizarre series of events that would make for sensational reading the next morning. But will he survive to put it into print?" --back cover.… (more)

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