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Cops Jablonski and Ryan know that Harry Derby killed the old woman. But they watch in dismay as he destroys a crucial bit of evidence, even admitting as he does so that he's guilty. So what could it hurt if they leave another bit of evidence on his jacket? Maybe it's framing him, but he's guilty! As Derby is convicted, though, Ryan begins to wonder if he is guilty after all--and proves he isn't. Someone else is the killer, but Derby is going to die in the electric chair unless rookie cop Ryan ...more
Herbert Brean was an American journalist and crime fiction writer, best known for his recurring series characters William Deacon and Reynold Frame. He was a director and former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, a group for which he also taught a class in mystery writing. Aside from his seven mystery crime novels, he also published non-fiction books and articles, and ...moreMore about Herbert Brean...