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The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs

(1979)
(The fourth book in the Masao Masuto series)
A novel by

 
A dog's murder leads detective Masuto to a most unusual poisoning case

In Beverly Hills, murder has suddenly gone out of style. For five weeks, the head of the city's tiny homicide squad, Zen detective Masao Masuto, has worked only robbery investigations. But after more than a month without a corpse, this dry spell is about to end.

The dead woman is Ana Fortez, a Chicana whose death was originally classified as terminal food poisoning brought on by a feast of botulism-infested eclairs. But because botulism can only grow in an airtight space, the medical examiner warns Masuto that the fatal bacteria must have been purposefully injected into the pastry. When a wealthy housewife's dog drops dead after munching on premium chocolates, Masuto finds that her bonbons have been laced with the same toxin. He begins a search for a killer targeting the sweet tooth of Beverly Hills - proof that crime in Southern California never stays boring for long.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author's estate.

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Hardback Editions

September 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: The case of the poisoned eclairs (Nightingale series) (Masao Masuto mystery)
Author(s): E V Cunningham
ISBN: 0-8161-3333-6 / 978-0-8161-3333-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.K. Hall
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December 1981 : UK Hardback
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Title: Case of the Poisoned Eclairs (A New Portway large print book)
Author(s): E V Cunningham
ISBN: 0-85119-144-4 / 978-0-85119-144-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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October 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Case of the Poisoned Eclairs
Author(s): E V Cunningham
ISBN: 0-233-97291-9 / 978-0-233-97291-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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May 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs (Masao Masuto)
Author(s): E V Cunningham
ISBN: 0-03-044721-6 / 978-0-03-044721-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
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Paperback Editions

September 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs
Author(s): E V Cunningham
ISBN: 0-440-11256-7 / 978-0-440-11256-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Publishing
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Audio Editions

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs
Author(s): Howard Fast
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs (The Masao Masuto Mysteries Book 4)
Author(s): Howard Fast
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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