New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous bookNext book >>

The Man Who Missed the Party

(1989)
(The eighth book in the Carl Wilcox series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
Wry wit, intriguing characters and skillfully spare writing add up to another winner for Adams, in his eighth Depression-era mystery. Carl Wilcox, reformed drunk and leading misfit of Corden, S.D., and his teenage nephew, Hank, are left in charge of the Corden Hotel (his parents don't think the 38-year-old is responsible enough to manage alone) during the 10-year reunion of Corden High's only winning football team. With the hotel filled with ex-players and hunters, Wilcox spends his time chasing ''the hired girl,'' a widow with ''fine hips'' and a mysterious past. The real hunt begins, however, when the quarterback, Heart Turner, is found dead in the shower. The murder weapon: a slingshot. Because he's ''the best murder man in South Dakota,'' Wilcox is asked by the mayor to find the killer. He soon uncovers a long-held secret: after a dance one night, Turner and three other players gang-raped the coach's daughter, Bunny Titus, who later committed suicide. The list of suspects, which includes the entire team and practically every other male in Corden, gets shorter when another player dies of a slingshot wound, and Wilcox must find the connection between Bunny and the murderer before he kills again. Wilcox is an extremely likable character, especially since he doesn't take himself or the disapproving townspeople too seriously in this evocative and entertaining mystery.

Library Journal
Down-home country dialogue, effective 1930s atmosphere, and small-town isolation create an effective backdrop for the tenth reunion of Corden's (South Dakota) only winning football team. Carl Wilcox, the narrator and an ex-con/ex-cop/PI, runs the town's hotel during the reunion, only to have former quarterback and handsome womanizer ''Heart'' Turner murdered there. The subsequent search for motive and killer eventually necessitates Carl's help as the local police look into the alibis of hotel guests. Easy sailing and a gratifying plot.-- REK

 
Used availability for Harold Adams's The Man Who Missed the Party


See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US
 

Hardback Editions

October 1992 : UK Hardback
Title: Man Who Missed the Party (Atlantic Large Print)
Author(s): Harold Adams
ISBN: 0-7451-8342-5 / 978-0-7451-8342-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 1992 : UK Hardback
Title: Man Who Missed the Party (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Harold Adams
ISBN: 0-7451-8330-1 / 978-0-7451-8330-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: The Man Who Missed the Party
Author(s): Harold Adams
ISBN: 0-89296-252-6 / 978-0-89296-252-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: The Man Who Missed the Party
Author(s): Harold Adams
ISBN: 0-7927-1017-7 / 978-0-7927-1017-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: The Man Who Missed the Party
Author(s): Harold Adams
ISBN: 0-445-40885-5 / 978-0-445-40885-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Popular Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



Search for