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Hades and Hocus Pocus

(1979)
A novel by

 
Two classic noir novellas about young men who find treacherous jobs during the Great Depression .

In Hades, Alexander Titus, a former Olympic decathlon star, comes to Hollywood looking for work. He and his friend Haw Gooch are down to their last dollar when they find jobs as bodyguards for erratic film producer Roger Quinlan. Quinlan seems quite paranoid, claiming that he's being stalked by a demon and that he found Hades in a cavern in New Mexico. The story sounds crazy, but when Titus is framed for murder, he realizes Quinlan's alleged hell might be the one place where he can also find the truth.

In Hocus Pocus, two penniless traveling magicians respond to an ad for a mind reader. A psychology professor hires them to infiltrate a group of evangelists who incorporate mind reading into their preaching. Cal 'Marvelous' Merton and his assistant, Imagination Daly, will study the evangelists' methods and report back on whether their mind reading is genuine. But as Merton and Daly join the New Apostles, the air of danger is palpable, and questions arise about their employer and what exactly they're investigating.

 
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Hades & Hocus Pocus
Author(s): Lester Dent
ISBN: 1-5318-0927-8 / 978-1-5318-0927-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Hades & Hocus Pocus
Author(s): Lester Dent
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

April 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Hades & Hocus Pocus
Author(s): Lester Dent
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Hades & Hocus Pocus
Author(s): Lester Dent
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
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January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Hades & Hocus Pocus
Author(s): Lester Dent
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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