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Book Title: Crime à Chicago|
The author of the book: Fredric Brown
Date of issue: June 1994
ISBN 13: 9782264014924
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.49 MB
Read full description of the books Crime à Chicago:I've heard lots of terrific things about Fredric Brown, and I've read a couple of his short stories in anthologies. The Fabulous Clipjoint is my first novel, and I gave it five stars because I'm a sucker for old-school private eye yarns like this one is. Plus anything with jazz in it gets bonus points. Mr. Brown won the 1948 Edgar for Best First Novel in what went on to become a series, I'm told by other reader (I know the late Ed Hoch told me he was a big Fredric Brown fan).
Ed Hunter, still a teenager, works as a printer apprentice in Chicago and finds his father has been murdered. Before long, Ed hooks up with his Uncle Am, a carney who also happens to have some private investigator professional experience. Together, they set out to expose the killer with a little help given by the cops. Sounds like pretty standard PI fare except we're also treated to young Ed learning about life and coming of age. He encounters bank robbers, gun molls, torpedos, and con artists. All of it is related in his even-tempered, engaging voice. That for me is the strength of the novel.
I wouldn't call The Fabulous Clipjoint hardboiled, more like medium-boiled. Besides the snappy title, the story is first-rate. If I ever find more time to read, I'd move on in the series and find out just what the heck happens to Ed and Uncle Am.
Read information about the authorFredric Brown was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He was one of the boldest early writers in genre fiction in his use of narrative experimentation. While never in the front rank of popularity in his lifetime, Brown has developed a considerable cult following in the almost half century since he last wrote. His works have been periodically reprinted and he has a worldwide fan base, most notably in the U.S. and Europe, and especially in France, where there have been several recent movie adaptations of his work. He also remains popular in Japan.
Never financially secure, Brown - like many other pulp writers - often wrote at a furious pace in order to pay bills. This accounts, at least in part, for the uneven quality of his work. A newspaperman by profession, Brown was only able to devote 14 years of his life as a full-time fiction writer. Brown was also a heavy drinker, and this at times doubtless affected his productivity. A cultured man and omnivorous reader whose interests ranged far beyond those of most pulp writers, Brown had a lifelong interest in the flute, chess, poker, and the works of Lewis Carroll. Brown married twice and was the father of two sons.
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