By Fredric Brown
Vice and homicide prowl Chicago--and one guy hunts a killer in the course of the glittering Gold Coast and seamy again alleys.
1948 winner of the Edgar Award for most sensible First Novel
First released 1947
When teenaged Ed Hunter's alcoholic father is murdered, Ed is for all intents and reasons orphaned, as he feels no affection whatever for his mean-spirited stepmother and hypersexual stepsister. The police brush aside the case as not anything greater than the random homicide of a back-alley inebriated, and so Ed makes a decision to enquire the crime on his own.
Ed enlists the aid of his father's brother, Ambrose Hunter, an itinerant carny, who he has now not noticeable in lots of years, and the 2 of them got down to resolve the crime. jointly they go through a swamp of unseemly characters of the Chicago underworld to reveal the true assassin in their father and brother. alongside the way in which, with Am's advice, Ed involves become aware of that his father was once no longer the hapless, pathetic guy he had continuously believed him to be.
The terrific Clipjoint, first released in 1947, is the 1st full-length novel via author Fredric Brown, who had honed his craft by means of publishing 1000s of brief tales within the pulp magazines of the day.
The bulk of the ebook has Ed teaming up with Uncle Ambrose, a former carny employee, and looking for out who killed Ed's dad. however the identify is as a lot a coming-of-age story because it is a pulp. writer Brown gained the Edgar award in 1947 for this striking first-effort.
The awesome Clipjoint, like so much of Brown's works, is impressive for its good craftsmanship, surroundings, and suspense. In 1948 it got the Edgar Award for top First Novel, which marks the one social gathering Brown gained or was once nominated for the award.
The fantastic Clipjoint can be the 1st of 7 detective novels that includes the nephew/uncle workforce of Ed and Am Hunter. the following novels within the sequence are The useless Ringer, The Bloody Moonlight, Compliments of a Fiend, Death Has Many Doors, The past due Lamented, and Mrs Murphy's Underpants.