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Wild Pitch

(1973)
(A book in the Sheriff Chick Charleston series)
A novel by

 
After Buster Hogue is shot at the annual town picnic, plenty of motives appear, but no clues point to the sniper. A lot of people had reason to dislike Hogue or even to wish him dead because of personal and unhappy experience, but grudges don't count in the absence of evidence.

Chick Charleston, the small-town Montana sheriff, has had no experience with this kind of case, the county not having been inclined to homicidal endeavors. Neither does his county office have the gadgets to ferret out the criminal. But he has patience, persistence, a sense of humor, and a sharp understanding of human nature. He also has a keen assistant in seventeen-year-old Jason Beard, pitcher for the Midbury baseball team and amateur detective, who takes notes and acts as Watson to Charleston's Holmes. In the violent and surprising finale, young Jase plays a saving hand.

There is humor in these pages, even earthy hilarity, but at no cost to mystery and suspense. Against the western background he knows so well, A. B. Guthrie Jr. has created a very human and believable sleuth in Chick Charleston, and in Jason Beard a singularly engaging narrator, whose accounts of local characters such as Loose Lancaster, Doc Yak, and old Mrs. Jenkins are guaranteed to entertain the reader.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1974 : UK Hardback
Title: Wild Pitch
Author(s): A B Guthrie
ISBN: 0-85127-047-6 / 978-0-85127-047-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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February 1973 : USA Hardback
Title: Wild Pitch
Author(s): Jr A B Guthrie
ISBN: 0-395-15482-0 / 978-0-395-15482-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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1973 : USA Hardback
Title: Wild pitch
Author(s): Jr A B Guthrie
ISBN: 0-8161-6117-8 / 978-0-8161-6117-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall
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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Wild Pitch
Author(s): A B Guthrie Jr
ISBN: 0-8032-3029-X / 978-0-8032-3029-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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July 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Wild Pitch
Author(s): A B Guthrie Jr
ISBN: 0-553-26719-1 / 978-0-553-26719-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Wild Pitch (The Sheriff Chick Charleston Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): A B Guthrie
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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