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Death and the Language of Happiness

(1997)
(The fourth book in the Cecil Younger series)
A novel by

 
 
Cecil Younger is a private investigator who takes comfort in the absurdity of the universe. And the universe is obliging him with a joint phone call from his lawyer and his shrink to convey a message from another client: Someone will pay Cecil well to get rid of a problem...by killing a man. Though the bank is about to foreclose on the house he shares with the autistic Toddy, Cecil knows he's not the man for this job. Common sense tells him that murder just isn't a good career move. But he does need the money, so Cecil decides to meet his potential client. Ninety-seven-year-old William Flynn is none too clear on what's happened this week, but he's razor-sharp on the events of eight decades past. What's happened this week is the murder of Angela Rameriez, a young woman who used to visit Flynn in the nursing home where he resides. And the subsequent discovery in Flynn's room of the gun used to kill her - which makes him the prime suspect. Flynn wants Cecil Younger to find, and kill, the man he believes is responsible for Angela's murder: her husband Simon Delaney. Cecil, his shrink, and Flynn's attorney all figure it may help Flynn's defense to find Delaney, so Cecil sets out on the trail. It leads him from a rough-and-tumble Aleutian Island town to the perilous streets of Seattle, from the pathetic murder of a drunken woman in a cheap hotel to a decades-old slaughter that is still reaching into the present. And its dark and chilly grasp may extend to Cecil Younger himself....

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

March 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-553-09679-6 / 978-0-553-09679-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness (A Cecil Younger Investigation)
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 1-61695-917-7 / 978-1-61695-917-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Soho Crime
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death And The Language Of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-575-60305-4 / 978-0-575-60305-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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August 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death And The Language Of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-7528-2726-X / 978-0-7528-2726-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death And The Language Of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-575-06649-0 / 978-0-575-06649-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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June 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-553-57250-4 / 978-0-553-57250-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness (The Cecil Younger Series)
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 1-66446-906-0 / 978-1-66446-906-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
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November 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
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November 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
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December 1997 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Death and the Language of Happiness
Author(s): John Straley
ISBN: 0-7927-2222-1 / 978-0-7927-2222-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death and the Language of Happiness (A Cecil Younger Investigation Book 4)
Author(s): John Straley
Publisher: Soho Crime
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