The Fabulous Clipjoint

The Fabulous Clipjoint


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The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown







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The Fabulous Clipjoint


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Vice and murder prowl Chicago--and one man hunts a killer through the glittering Gold Coast and seamy back alleys. (1948 winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.)

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at must happen a dozen times a day in Chicago, I thought. They don't rate ink unless it's a big-shot gangster or somebody important. A drunk rolled in an alley, and the guy who slugged him was muggled up and hit too hard or didn't care how hard he hit.

It didn't rate ink. No gang angle. No love nest.

The morgue gets them by the hundred. Not all murders, of course. Bums who go to sleep on a bench in Bughouse Square and don't wake up. Guys who take ten-cent beds or two-bit partitioned rooms in flophouses and in the morning somebody shakes them to wake them up, and the guy's stiff, and the clerk quickly goes through his pockets to see if he's got two bits or four bits or a dollar left, and then he phones for the city to come and get him out. That's Chicago.

And there's the jig found carved with a shiv in an areaway on South Halsted Street and the girl who took laudanum in a cheap hotel room. And the printer who had too much to drink and had probably been followed out of the tavern because th

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Excellent -- one of the best books I've read lately!

After Wally Hunter, a linotype operator, is found dead in a Chicago alley, his 18-year-old son, Ed, and his brother, Ambrose, a carny, try to find his killer. In the process, Ed learns things about his father he never knew and gets an education about life.

Fast-paced and well thought out, both as a mystery and a bildungsroman, the novel gives a colorful glimpse of the seamy side of 1940s Chicago.