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Mute Witness

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A slimy district attorney, an assortment of inept police officers, an underworld boss turned snitch, and the hardboiled lieutenant charged with protecting him until his trial make up the cast of characters of Robert Fish’s hair-raising 1963 novel Mute Witness. For Lieutenant Clancy of the New York Police Department, the assignment of protecting mobster Johnny Rossi soon tu ...more
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published (first published 1963)
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When famed gangster kingpin Johnny Rossi comes to New York to testify against his crime syndicate associates, it falls to Lieutenant Clancy to keep the government's star witness safe. Why Rossi has come to New York from California, and what is so crucial about his testimony are questions District Attorney Chalmers seems content to keep outside the Lieutenant's purview. However, when guarding Rossi turns out to be a more difficult and perplexing task than Clancy had anticipated, he begins to unco

David Chapius
I read the 'Mute Witness' after seeing the film 'Bullitt'. All I can say is: The Movie was Better.
This was the book the movie Bullet was based on. Only in the book the setting is New York in the 1950's. If you like noir mysteries I don't think you will feel let down on this one. One of the more clever plots I've run across in a mystery for quite awhile.
My favorite part of this book was that it was written in 1963 so there weren't cell phones, surveillance cameras, the internet, or DNA testing. It was fun to read a book and keep thinking about not having these modern conveniences.
Heather Hall-Martin
Good book. Read it on kindle and there were lots of typos and incorrect words. The story itself was good.
Good book, thriller and mystery combined. Surprise ending caught me totally off guard.
Susan Clingman
Supposed to be the basis for Bullitt, but can't see the resemblance.
Nathan Shumate
Fun little whodunit police procedural.
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Robert Lloyd Fish (21 August 1912 – 23 February 1981) was an American writer of crime fiction. His first novel, The Fugitive, gained him the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel in 1962, and his short story "Moonlight Gardener" was awarded the Edgar for best short story in 1972. His 1963 novel Mute Witness, written under the pseudonym Robert L. Pike, was filmed i ...more
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