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When a beautiful young heiress goes missing, it could be a runaway . . . or it could be murder


Roy Markham figures the case of Barbara Taft will be easy. A beautiful and wealthy college girl with a wild streak, she’s probably left her sleepy New England campus to be with a boy. But when her body turns up in the Hudson River, Roy suspects this is no suicide. While he’s worki...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Open Road Media (first published 1987)
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Cindy Barnett
A little gritty but interesting.
text ©1961 audio ©2011
read by: Peter Burkhart
Candy
Usually like his books, not this one. It was predictable and boring!
Frank
dated and not interesting. stopped the audiobook before the first disk was done.
Derek
Not Block's greatest book, but still a fun read. From what I understand, it was originally a novel based on characters from a short-lived TV show called "Markham." It's one of Block's early novels, and it has some clever bits, but overall it's nothing more than quick, escapist PI fiction. I suppose it is also slightly notable for its mature subject matter and a few risque sequences for the time period.
Jennifer Patrick
Written in 1961, you could practically smell the polyester oozing from the pages. It was also very sexist in terms of today's standards. And the smoking! Every other line was " I lighted a cigarette" or "I took a deep drag off my cigarette". There was so much reference to smoking it was distracting. The plot was so dated and convoluted I doubt I will read any more of this author's work.
Nancy
A missing person case brings private eye Roy Markham to the remote winterbound college town of Cliff's End, New Hampshire. But what began as a routine investigation quickly becomes dark and dangerous. Six pornographic photos and a tidylittle blackmail scheme result in a brutal and baffling murder, and no one is safe-especially Markham himself.
Maria Kiguthi
Since this book was written in the 1960s some of the plot was dated. But is you keep in mind when it was written making collect phone calls etc makes sense. The detective, Roy Markham, get easily distracted by the feminine but ultimately evil college co-ed.
Adam Hegg
Not a life changer but a fun piece to read for an afternoon.
Laura
Very Mickey Spillane. As a former private investigator, I can tell you that the way things happen in the movies and books, is not the way it happens in real life. However, it's fun to get the "Hollywood" take on the job!
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

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"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne...more
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“What time is it?"
"Time?"
"Time."
"Oh," She said. "A quarter to four. Mr. Markham, something terrible has happened."
She didn't have to tell me that. Something perfectly dreadful had happened, by God. Someone had called me in the middle of the bloody night.”
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“My glass was empty. I poured more scotch into it, took a small sip, and all at once the silly thing was empty again.
Strange.
Then it was full again.
And then it was empty again.
Strange, I thought. Fool glass must have a hole in it. Scotch disappears the instant it's poured.
Strange.
Then I was stretched out on the bed, too tired and too drunk to bother removing my shoes. My eyes closed themselves and the world crept away on little cat feet, leaving me floating in the middle of the air.”
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