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Never Bet Your Life

(1952)
A novel by

 
 
From Mystery Writers of America Grand Master George Harmon Coxe: His job was to protect a friend from suicide, but he didn't count on murder.
After a car crash takes his daughter's life, John Gannon doesn't want to live anymore. He tries twice to kill himself - first by jumping, next with pills - but doesn't succeed. His doctors recommend a beach vacation with close supervision. For a week Dave Barnum watches his despondent friend drink, fish, and gamble, and gradually grows sick of his ill temper. Finally, convinced that John Gannon has gotten past his suicidal tendencies, Barnum lets his guard down. The mistake proves fatal.

That night, at Club 80, someone drugs Barnum's brandy. By the time he makes it home, Gannon is dead. As he inspects his friend's body, the killer wallops him on the skull and escapes unseen. Barnum's job was to protect John Gannon. He failed, and now it's time for some payback.

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Hardback Editions

March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Never Bet Your Life
Author(s): George Harmon Coxe
ISBN: 1-258-23768-7 / 978-1-258-23768-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Never Bet Your Life
Author(s): George Harmon Coxe
ISBN: 1-258-24713-5 / 978-1-258-24713-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Never Bet Your Life
Author(s): George Harmon Coxe
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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November 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Never Bet Your Life
Author(s): George Harmon Coxe
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA