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Calamity Fair (Max Thursday and Austin Clapp #5)

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Footloose Women and a Blackmailing Photographer--a Max Thursday Mystery
160 pages
Published 1956 by Signet (first published 1950)
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wade Miller (aka the writing team of Bob Wade and Bill Miller) wrote numerous pulp novels from the late forties through the sixties. Among their earliest works were six Max Thursday novels, published between 1947 and 1951, including Guilty Bystander, Fatal Step, Uneasy Street, Calamity Fair, Muder Charge, and Shoot to Kill. Wade Miller grew up in San Diego and, naturally, wrote about San Diego, then a small city with a naval port and easy access to the border. Max Thursday was Miller’s hardboile ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-boiled
PI Thursday tangles with murder and a blackmail ring, but he is boxed in when he protects his client. Return characters Clapp and DA Benedict add to the plot. Interesting characters and a fast-paced plot. Highly recommended.
Feb 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Cheeseball, hardboiled detective fiction. I happen to like the genre though, so it gets some points for that. The plot is not particularly clever, something about blackmail, no real surprises.
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See also Bob Wade

Wade Miller is a pen name of two authors, Robert Allison “Bob” Wade (1920-present) and H. Bill Miller (1920-61). The two also wrote under several other pseudonyms, including Whit Masterson and Will Daemer.

Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 1988.
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Other Books in the Series

Max Thursday and Austin Clapp (7 books)
  • Deadly weapon
  • Guilty Bystander
  • Fatal Step (Prologue Books)
  • Uneasy Street: A Max Thursday Mystery
  • Murder Charge
  • Shoot to Kill

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