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Knocked for a Loop

(1957)
(The Double Frame)
(The tenth book in the John J. Malone series)
A novel by

 
 
Being framed for murder is the least of a Chicago attorney's problems in this dizzying thriller by "the grand dame of mystery mixed with screwball comedy" (Ed Gorman).

Attorney John J. Malone, steadfast barfly and proud defender of the guilty, has a lot enemies, but few more formidable than Chicago financier and anti-vice crusader Leonard Estapole. So it doesn't look good when Estapole's corpse turns up in Malone's office, liberated from this life by a bronze Buddha to the skull. But when the stiff's stepdaughter is kidnapped, and Malone is implicated, it's a frame job gone too far. Especially when Malone is suddenly saddled with the obnoxious abductee - a dimpled little extortionist who refuses to go home.

If only Malone could count on his friends, Jake and Helene Justus. Unfortunately, Helene's disappeared from a Wyoming dude ranch and her friendship with Estapole's trophy-wife widow is too coincidental for comfort. Now, with every blindsiding twist of the case, Malone is starting to feel more and more like a hostage himself.

The first mystery writer to ever make the cover of Time magazine, Craig Rice is a "composite of Agatha Christie's ingenuity, Dashiell Hammett's speed, and Dorothy Sayers's wit" (Louis Untermeyer). And in Knocked for a Loop, she's in "top form" (Jon L. Breen, Edgar Award - winning author).

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Craig Rice's Knocked for a Loop

Hardback Editions

June 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Double Frame (Black Dagger Crime S.)
Author(s): Craig Rice
ISBN: 0-86220-836-X / 978-0-86220-836-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Dagger Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Knocked for a Loop (The John J. Malone Mysteries Book 10)
Author(s): Craig Rice
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA