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The Velvet Touch

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Edward D. Hoch's latest collection contains 14 stories about Nick Velvet, the choosey crook who steals only the seemingly valueless -- a bald man's comb, an overdue library book, a faded flag, a playing card, and so on. And in order to pull off a successful robbery, Nick often has to solve a crime as well -- sometimes the crimes committed by Sandra Paris, "The White Queen" ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 5th 2000 by Crippen & Landru Publishers
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The other Sandy
This book was one of those examples of the adage 'you can't go home again.'

I first discovered the Nick Velvet stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine when I was in junior high and loved them. I couldn't wait to find out why someone would want to pay Nick to steal the worthless item in each story. However, reading the stories again as an adult, the mysteries I thought were so clever back then were screamingly obvious now, and the methods of theft were utterly implausible to the point of being ri
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Edward D. Hoch is one of the most honored mystery writers of all time.

* 1968 Edgar Allan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America): "The Oblong Room", The Saint Mystery Magazine, July 1967
* 1998 Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention): "One Bag of Coconuts", EQMM, November 1997
* 2001 Anthony Award (Bouchercon): "The Problem of the Potting Shed", EQMM, July 2000
* 2007 Ellery Queen Readers
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