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Seven Faces (Hardcover): Max Brand

Seven Faces (Hardcover)

Max Brand

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Retro kitsch and sundry delights pepper this sequel to 1995's hardcover reprint of Murder Me!, first published in 1936 in Detective Fiction Weekly. Brand, favored pseudonym of Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944), king of the pulps, prolific screenwriter (80 movies are based on his works or scripts), author of four books of serious poetry, founder of the Dr. Kildare series, the Destry novels, etc., etc., wrote 30 million words, the equal of 530 ordinary books, before dying as a war correspondent in Germany. Currently the pop prodigy has nine (count 'em) publishers issuing, among them, a new book by Brand every four months in just about all of the genres that anyone could think of (crime, fantasy, historical romance, espionage, westerns, science fiction, adventure, animal stories, big business, big medicine. . .). Even so, Brand remains more interesting for the figure he cut than for the works he hacked, although nearly everything he penned has great pace, and even his potboilers - which at times truly grip - are often based on classic themes and figures (Oedipus, Achilles, Faust, etc.). In this particular 61-year-old serial, though, the classic theme is not all that visible. Retuming here are salt-and-pepper detectives Angus Campbell - a Scottish American idealist given to dour rejoinders - and blimpishly bouncy, chortlingly ebullient, fact-counting, cigar-chewing Patrick O'Rourke. Manhattan millionaire John Cobb has been receiving threatening letters, and so leaves for Chicago, hoping that by hopping the night-hain he'll escape from his anonymous ill-wisher. Assigned as guards, Campbell and O'Rourke go along. When, after signing his $15 million will over to his cousin, Cobb disappears from his Pullman, Campbell and O'Rourke must check the train for their missing charge. He's not on the train, though, and not in Buffalo, so they scour Chicago - and, as it happens, mean old Cobb has enemies galore from some slick deals he's pulled. More bouncy and bounding than Amtrak. (Kirkus Reviews)
Police detective Angus Campbell, a dour and methodical Scottish American policeman, cordially disliked his partner, the ebullient and overweight Irish cop Patrick O'Rourke. And the feeling was cordially reciprocated by O'Rourke. Both were annoyed--but not really concerned--about orders to guard the frantic millionaire John Cobb on a late-night journey on the New York-Chicago train. After locking Cobb in his compartment, they would look forward to the pleasure of antagonizing each other in the club car. That is, until Cobb turned up missing. Whoever was responsible--and there were several possibilities among the passengers, including an incomparably strong and handsome man, a breathtakingly beautiful woman, and an improbably villainous stranger--had perhaps discounted each detective individually, and perhaps justly so. But what the malefactor could not know was the insight of their superior, Inspector Corrigan: "Separate they're not much, but, when they're together, they hate each other so much that they grind one another sharp as razors."

"Seven Faces" originally appeared as six installments in "Detective Fiction Weekly" during October and November 1936. This edition--the first to collect the installments in book form, uncut and as the author intended--introduces today's readers to a most memorable detective duo.


Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 1998
First published: February 1998
Authors: Max Brand
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 180
ISBN-13: 978-0-8032-1281-7
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Westerns
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery > General
LSN: 0-8032-1281-X
Barcode: 9780803212817

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