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Give 'em the Ax

(An Axe to Grind)
(A book in the Donald Lam and Bertha Cool series)
A novel by

Give 'em the Ax by Erle Stanley Gardner (as A. A. Fair), a Cool and Lam mystery, complete and unabridged.

From the jacket:
The Rimley Rendezvous was the kind of back-street bistro where a tired businessman could drop in for a pick-up, no questions asked.
Deep carpets and subdued lights gave the place an air of clandestine class. And solicitous waiters catered to the customer's every whim.
All these comforts added up to a steep cover charge, especially since blackmail figured as the major part of the tab.
It was a very lucrative business... until a murderer cut into the profits... and left his ax in Donald Lam's car.
The team of Cool and Lam are at their fast-talking, fast-moving best in this tough tale of suicide, blackmail and murder.

[2013 July 04: Completely re-proofed in-house.

Genre: Mystery    

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Used availability for A A Fair's Give 'em the Ax

Hardback Editions

September 1973 : UK Hardback

Title: Axe to Grind
Author(s): A A Fair
ISBN: 0-85617-265-0 / 978-0-85617-265-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

May 2012 : USA Kindle edition

Title: Give 'em the Ax
Author(s): Erle Stanley Gardner
Publisher: St. Swithin
Availability: Amazon