The star of the three potboilers is newspaperman Joe Medford. In THE CORPSE CAME C.O.D. he tackles the classic 'body-in-the-trunk' murder and in THREE SHORT BIERS he encounters the ghastly crime of midgeticide. Three of the little murders, in fact. They will prepare you for the third thriller, HEADS YOU LOSE, which challenges the works of Harry Stephen Keeler in the popular 'cut-off-the-head-then-sew-it-back-on' oeuvre. As one wag once put it: 'It's like Craig Rice meets The Thin Man meets The Front Page.'
There's an Afterword by editor Fender Tucker wherein he tells why this book is perhaps Ramble House's most-edited book."
The fact that I'm mentioned in the Afterword has nothing at all to do with my recommendation of this book. Trust me.
And in case you wonder, after reading the Afterword, I will confess that, like Fender Tucker, I always read the Afterword first.