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The Dead Ringer (Ed & Am Hunter #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Three murders were too many for Ed Hunter. Not even a dazzling redhead from the carnival's girl show could keep Ed altogether happy--not with a murderer running loose. Then Ed found it was up to him and his Uncle Am to find the killer among the freaks and strippers of the carnival--a killer who chose his victims according to size! Ed and his Uncle Am are back, working in a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by (first published March 1948)
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Kelly McCubbin
Nov 04, 2015 Kelly McCubbin rated it really liked it
Fredric Brown is long overdue for the kind of resurgence that Jim Thompson had in the 80s and 90s. In many ways more famous for his seminal short science fiction works, it's in his noir that Brown really seems to bloom.
This is the second of Brown's "Uncle Am and Ed" series about an Uncle and Nephew carny team that find themselves deep in the thick of deeply disturbing mysteries. Not quite as thoughtful as the first book, The Fabulous Clip Joint, which serves as a shocking "coming of age" story f
David Monroe
Nov 30, 2015 David Monroe rated it really liked it
A really good little mystery from a nearly forgotten author who's probably best remembered for his Golden Age science fiction short stories.
Tam G
May 11, 2016 Tam G rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, crime
Fredric Brown is a good writer. The Ed and Am crime novels are good fun with sly bits of humor and natural dialogue.

This is not my favorite Ed and Am. It was okay. The dialogue/Fredric Brown magic was there. The interest in the carney lifestyle. I had two problems. 1. The solution was more than a bit ridiculous. 2. The expected sexism was compounded with racism (par for the time) and heightism. Not unexpected, really, considering the time period, but it takes the shine off of any story when mod
A great carnival mystery from Fredric Brown, not quite as good as Madball, but the Ed And Am Hunter books are a must read,
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The second Ed and Am Hunter mystery novel; it's excellent, but a little gory.
John Wilson
Ed, you sap.
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Great book! A mystery inside a mystery and the writing was very well done. Hope to read more by same author soon!
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Fredric 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, m ...more
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