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"A well-to-do Lake Springs matron, Mrs. Marion C. Huneker, 30, after leaving a farewll note addressed to her husband, Mr. Jack C. Huneker, 36, president of the local Huneker Concrete Block and Ornamental Iron Co., fatally shot her two small children and herself last night."
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Paperback, 1st, U170
Published October 1961 by Newsstand Library
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This is the original 1961 edition of the novel reprinted in 2018 as Understudy for Death by Hard Case Crime, which they heavily marketed as his long lost novel. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the novel is that both publishers misrepresented the novel. In 1961 Newsstand library pushed the sleaze and sex angle. In 2018 Hard Case pushed the crime angle. The book is neither sleaze nor crime. The two books that immediately came to mind for comparison were Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West ...more
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Charles Willeford was a remarkably fine, talented and prolific writer who wrote everything from poetry to crime fiction to literary criticism throughout the course of his impressively long and diverse career. His crime novels are distinguished by a mean'n'lean sense of narrative economy and an admirable dearth of sentimentality. He was born as Charles Ray Willeford III on January 2, 1919 in Little ...more

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