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Five Alarm Funeral

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An incendiary mystery story of violence and murder, punctuated with the raging flames of arson...
Paperback, Dell #816, 192 pages
Published 1954 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1942)
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Stewart Sterling's Five Alarm Funeral (1942) is the first book-length story featuring Fire Marshall Ben Pedley. Pedley started his career investigating fires in the pulps and continued in hardback and paperbacks through the 1960s. I mentioned in my previous Sterling review (Where There's Smoke) that it was easy to see the pulp origins of Sterling's writing. If it was evident 1946, it is even more so here when he was writing fresh from the realm of pulps. Ben is much more hard-hitting (knocking a ...more
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Stewart Sterling (1895-1976) was the pseudonym of Prentice Winchell, who also wrote under the names of Spencer Dean and Jay de Bekker.
Winchell was born in Illinois and worked as a journalist. He preferred to write about non-typical investigative bodies; the NY Harbor Police and Fire Brigade, for instance. He was also a screenwriter and writer of radio scripts, as well as many magazine stories. Hi

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