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Death of a Salesperson

And Other Untimely Exits
A collection of stories by

Publisher's Weekly
Cosmopolitan wit and sheer inventiveness mark the novels of this British author ( Death and the Chaste Apprentice ). He also excels at the short story, as demonstrated in this first collection of 15 tales that serve up grisly fun as well as sobering tragedy. In the title story, Davina, a sweet, maidenly woman, is scorned by the ''Originals,'' a group of relentlessly noncomformist types, including clever Mike. Soon Mike stuns his fellow rebels by announcing his engagement to Davina, thus inadvertently inciting her murder and the reader's fierce need to know whodunit. The other 14 stories are also crackerjack, particularly ''The Woman in the Wardrobe,'' the secret life of whose title character is revealed after her death; and the hilarious ''Breakfast Television,'' about a fatal romance exposed by a hidden camera.

Library Journal
Fans will appreciate Barnard's first collection of 15 mysteries. More critical readers, however, will find the ironic endings or ''untimely exits'' too predictable and contrived and will miss the more adequate development of character and action and the sense of place that the novel form allows Barnard. In the pieces that work well (''The Woman in the Wardrobe,'' ''Just Another Kidnap,'' ''Death of a Salesperson''), Barnard is at his clever and skillful best, and his usual biases about society are in evidence. Libraries will no doubt want to order this for their Barnard fans and for that increasing population of readers who want short mysteries.-- Elizabeth Guiney Sandvick, North Hennepin Community Coll., Minneapolis

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

January 1993 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Death of a Salesperson
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-517-09609-9 / 978-0-517-09609-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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March 1989 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Death of a Salesperson (Collins crime)
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-00-232230-7 / 978-0-00-232230-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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December 1989 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Death of a Salesperson: And Other Untimely Exits
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-684-19088-5 / 978-0-684-19088-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

January 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Death of a Salesperson and Other Untimely Events
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-440-20587-5 / 978-0-440-20587-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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January 1991 : UK Paperback
Title: Death of a Salesperson
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-552-13651-4 / 978-0-552-13651-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Death of a Salesperson
Author(s): Robert Barnard
Publisher: Scribner
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