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The Key to Nicholas Street

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A grisly murder reveals the hateful secrets that lie beneath a small town's surface.

The locals call her the Ballou. An illustrator for a high-fashion magazine, she has been the talk of the upstate town of Sutton ever since she first appeared, paying cash for one of the finest houses on Nicholas Street. Daring, gaudy, and grand, she inspires envy in the women and lust in the men. And in one member of this quiet town, she is about to inspire murder.

The trouble starts when her rakish New York lover moves in full time, scandalizing the prudish Ayers family next door. When the Ayers' maid pays a social call to the Ballou, she finds her lying dead at the foot of a staircase - gray, cold, and fabulous no more. Suspicion falls on the Ayerses, whose starched exterior hides a wealth of ugly secrets.

From this interlocking narrative told from the perspectives of the citizens of Sutton comes a reminder that no town is too small for murder.

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Hardback Editions

March 1983 : USA Hardback

Title: KEY TO NICHOLAS STREET (50 Classics of Crime Fiction, 1950-1975)
Author(s): Ellin
ISBN: 0-8240-4981-0 / 978-0-8240-4981-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dissertations-G
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Paperback Editions

June 1981 : USA Paperback

Title: The Key to Nicholas Street
Author(s): Stanley Ellin
ISBN: 0-914378-72-4 / 978-0-914378-72-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Foul Play Press
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Key to Nicholas Street
Author(s): Stanley Ellin
Availability: Amazon UK