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The Case of the 16 Beans

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This, interrupted the Sicilian in back of him coolly, and drilling even harder into Parradine's spine with that small hard object," is a snatch, Parradine. No beat up, but a snatch. A hundred-grand snatch And don't bother to set up any yodelling, because you know as well as me that there's two heavy doors--no, three--shutting this room off from even the floor where the ele ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1944)
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Oscar
Mar 09, 2015 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las historias de Harry Stephen Keeler (1890-1967) son extravagantes, imaginativas y geniales. Están basadas en casualidades improbables y giros inesperados. Keeler bautizó a su manera de crear historias como webword plot, donde la multitud de tramas conforman una tela de araña que devienen en carambolas imposibles, al final de las cuáles el lector no puede más que sonreír ante el ingenio y el talento del escritor.

‘El caso de las 16 judías’ (The Case of the 16 Beans, 1944) comienza cuando Boyce B
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Jun 20, 2016 Paul marked it as reading-episodically
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Oh my god, Harry Stephen Keeler was a real author! I thought HSK was a joke Twitter account … which indeed it is … but in fact HSK existed and was the author of innumerable crappy mysteries, the kind you read for the irony, like the winning entries in the annual Bulwer-Litton fiction contest.

This one, about an heir who inherits 16 dried beans from his wealthy grandfather because of a series of improbable misunderstandings, is eccentric, dated in a hilariously racist way, and written so poorly it
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Nov 16, 2013 Sem rated it really liked it
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I was dubious about the Keeler hype but I've got to say - this book was something else. I'm hooked. If you can't make it through the first section you'll have to trust me when I say - it gets better.
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Born in Chicago in 1890, Keeler spent his childhood exclusively in this city, which was so beloved by the author that a large number of his works took place in and around it. In many of his novels, Keeler refers to Chicago as "the London of the west." The expression is explained in the opening of Thieves' Nights (1929):

"Here ... were seemingly the same hawkers ... selling the same goods ... here t
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