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The Wichita Mysteries Paperback – January 1, 1997

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A compilation of three of the acclaimed mystery writer's early novels.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Watermark Pr (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922820171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922820177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,604,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mitch Roberts, Wichita, KS, private detective is featured in three novels originally published by Dold in the 1980s. Whether investigating a corrupt vice cop (Uptown Wreck, a pun on a downtown pool hall in Wichita in the 50s, the Uptown Rec), the suspicious poisoning of a sinister gambler and nightclub owner (Snake Eyes), or a web of kidnapping and murder which hides a baby-sitting racket (Cold Cash), these evocative stories are wholly convincing as period pieces (I grew up in Wichita in the 1950s and 1960s) and crime-noir tales about a world that has now, sadly, completely disappeared. A tip of the hat, too, to the fabulous cover and book design by Kala Carter.
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This is a trilogy based in late 1940s and early 1950s Wichita, Kansas when the defense plants, movie theaters and bowling alleys went 3 shifts. It's a great private eye novel, well researched in the local culture etc of the time - the zoo was in Riverside Park, the local AAA baseball team was the Braves and so on. But, the author tries so hard to use intriguing, jazzy and mysterious phraseology that at times the book gets cumbersome to read. Too bad the author didn't tone that down more or I could've gave this trilogy 5 stars.
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