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Big Kiss-Off of 1944

(1974)
(The first book in the Jack LeVine series)
A novel by

 
 
Searching for a chorus girl's stag film, Jack LeVine stumbles on a sinister political plot.

Like all chorus girls, Kerry Lane yearns to get her name on the marquee. After years of high-kicking, she lands a bit part in a Broadway smash hit which should lead to better things. The only thing holding her back is her past: specifically a series of stag films from her days as a struggling wannabe film starlet. When a blackmailer demands a payoff to keep them out of the public eye, Kerry comes to Jack LeVine. Stocky, sweaty, and bald, LeVine is a Jewish private detective who makes a living by being polite. But underneath his smile lies a bulldog.

Lured by long legs and a roll of crisp twenties, LeVine takes Kerry's case. But before he can speak to the blackmailer, the crook turns up dead. As LeVine hunts for Kerry's pictures, he finds that the heart of this case is even uglier than greed, lust, or murder. It's politics.

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Used availability for Andrew Bergman's Big Kiss-Off of 1944

Hardback Editions

February 1975 : UK Hardback
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Title: Big Kiss-off of 1944
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
ISBN: 0-09-122820-4 / 978-0-09-122820-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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1974 : USA Hardback

Title: The big kiss-off of 1944;: A Jack LeVine mystery
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
ISBN: 0-03-011796-8 / 978-0-03-011796-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
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Paperback Editions

September 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Big Kiss-Off of 1944 (Perennial Library, P 673)
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
ISBN: 0-06-080673-7 / 978-0-06-080673-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: Big Kiss-off of 1944
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
ISBN: 0-09-910900-X / 978-0-09-910900-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Bks.
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February 1975 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
ISBN: 0-345-24402-8 / 978-0-345-24402-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 (The Jack LeVine Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Jack LeVine Trilogy: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944, Hollywood and LeVine, and Tender Is LeVine (The Jack LeVine Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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February 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 (The Jack LeVine Mysteries)
Author(s): Andrew Bergman
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA