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Understudy for Death

(1961)
(Understudy for Love)
A novel by

 
 
Charles Willeford's legendary lost novel, unavailable since its original publication in 1961.

AN UNFORGIVABLE CRIME.
AN UNFORGETTABLE NOVEL.

Why would a happily married Florida housewife pick up her husband's .22 caliber Colt Woodsman semi-automatic pistol and use it to kill her two young children and herself? Cynical newspaper reporter Richard Hudson is assigned to find out - and the assignment will send him down a road of self-discovery in this incisive, no-holds-barred portrait of American marriage in the Mad Men era.

On the 30th anniversary of the death of the masterful novelist the Atlantic Monthly called the "father of Miami crime fiction," Hard Case Crime is proud to present Charles Willeford's legendary lost novel, unavailable since its original publication by a disreputable paperback house in 1961. One of Willeford's rarest titles (copies of the original edition sell for hundreds of dollars), Understudy for Death still has the power to disturb, half a century after its debut.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Charles Willeford's Understudy for Death

Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Understudy for Death (Hard Case Crime)
Author(s): Charles Willeford
ISBN: 1-78565-698-8 / 978-1-78565-698-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Understudy for Death
Author(s): Charles Ray Willeford
ISBN: 0-939767-16-3 / 978-0-939767-16-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dennis McMillan Pubns
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Understudy for Death (Hard Case Crime)
Author(s): Charles Willeford
Publisher: Titan Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA