The Mysterious Mr. I(1937)
(The first book in the Mysterious Mr. I series)
A novel by Harry Stephen Keeler
I laughed. "No! No indeed. The explanation of that, Doctor, is simply that coming into the Loop around midnight tonight--with my package there which I'd gotten on the West Side-I found it necessary--at least, advisable--to see a certain party. More or less on business.:My party was a woman. Booked at a certain hotel. But my party, unfortunately, was out on a 'party'--so I waited. And continued to wait. And being a sort of sticktoitive cuss--or a hopeless optimist!--I continued to wait--clear till.
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June 2004 : USA Paperback