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Having a Wonderful Crime

(1943)
(The seventh book in the John J. Malone series)
A novel by

 
 
On a break from the Windy City, aspiring crime novelist Jake Justus and his wife, Helene, are acquainting themselves with Manhattan's finest cocktail lounges when they befriend Dennis Morrison, a blind-drunk groom. The handsome former male escort thought he'd found his bounty in homely heiress Bertha Lutts, but while their wedding night may have been a bust, the morning after turned out to be the real horror. It seems Bertha has vanished from their bridal suite and in her place is an unidentified beheaded woman. Having taken a shine to Dennis, Jake and Helene call on his best defense: Chicago attorney John J. Malone.   Winding his way through both the city's low lives and its high society, Malone quickly discovers a link between the nameless victim, the missing bride, and a slick gigolo: a bohemian Greenwich Village poetess who is free with her verse, knows more than she realizes, and is becoming more frightened with every New York minute. But when Dennis disappears as well, Malone's left with the itchy feeling that another dead end is right around the corner.   The basis for the 1945 film starring Carole Landis and Pat O'Brien, Having Wonderful Crime is "a pleasure to read as pure entertainment but there's a also a wicked social voice reporting back from the eyries of the wealthy and privileged. [Rice's] observations are worthy of Tom Wolfe at his best and nastiest" (Ed Gorman).   Having Wonderful Crime is the 3rd book in the John J. Malone Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Craig Rice's Having a Wonderful Crime

Paperback Editions

June 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime (Library of Crime Classics)
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 1-55882-125-2 / 978-1-55882-125-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Polygonics Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Having Wonder/crime
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 0-553-26345-5 / 978-0-553-26345-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 1-09-412289-0 / 978-1-09-412289-2
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime (John J. Malone)
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 1-09-412288-2 / 978-1-09-412288-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime: Library Edition (John J. Malone)
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 1-09-412287-4 / 978-1-09-412287-8
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime (The John J. Malone Mysteries)
Author(s): Craig Rice
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Having Wonderful Crime (The John J. Malone Mysteries Book 7)
Author(s): Craig Rice
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon