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Dragnet: The Case of the Courteous Killer

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The first two bodies were found in Lovers' Lane. The man was dead. His girlfriend, still alive, described the stick-up artist as of medium build, wearing glasses, mild-mannered, and courteous. If was a description that fit half the male population of Los Angeles. It was almost the only clue Joe Friday and Frank Smith had to catch the murderer. Then the courteous killer ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published April 1958 by Pocket Books (first published February 1958)
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Shawn
Dec 17, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
Read this at work as part of my job as we've just bought Richard Deming's estate. Obviously, it's a tie-in to the radio/television series of the time. Such artifacts can often prove interesting, especially if the source material being adapted did not originate from a book or short story, because it begs the question (that too few fan-fiction authors ask themselves) "what style would a written version of this property be best presented in". In the case of DRAGNET, of course, this isn't too hard ...more
Adam Graham
Jun 06, 2015 Adam Graham rated it it was amazing
In 1958, Dragnet had been with America for nearly a decade, with 318 Radio performances coupled with more than 200 TV episodes, and a movie. It’s in this atmosphere that Richard Deming wrote his tie-in Dragnet novel, the Case of the Courteous Killer.

It begins with an unassuming man holding up couples in lover’s lane, eventually killing a man who thought the unassuming robber would be easy to handle in the first of a series of murders. Joe Friday and Frank Smith are called in to locate and appreh
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Leigh Koonce
Aug 13, 2015 Leigh Koonce rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed the Dragnet television program and the radio show and I enjoyed the book just as much. One or two portions dragged just a little bit, but on the whole the story was intriguing, the characters well formed, and setting described wonderfully. I just wish there were more Dragnet novels available.
Kipp Poe
Feb 12, 2015 Kipp Poe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like the tv show

Richard Deming is one of my favorite Pulp writers I have many of his books in my library and this one here certainly belongs there.

Just like the tv show you can see it all play out in your head he captures it perfectly
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Richard Deming (1915-1983) was a solid and reliable pro whose crime-writing career extended from late 1940s pulps to early 1980s digests. He also wrote several volumes of popular non-fiction late in his life.

He is most likely to be remembered as one of the most prolific contributors to Manhunt and the early days of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and as a paperback original writer, sometimes o
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