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The Wrong Venus

(Don't Just Stand There)
A novel by

The late Charles Williams is perhaps best known as a writer of taut action-adventure novels usually with a nautical tie in (Dead Calm, Scorpion Reef, etc). He also wrote the very compelling noir masterpiece entitled The Hot Spot. The Wrong Venus therefore represents a 180 degree departure from William's usual literary fare. It's an over-the-top comedy about Americans in Paris. This very funny book is populated with a number of interesting characters. A spinsterish authoress of best selling sex drenched novels, some thoroughly inept kidnappers, a ruthless French gangster and a six foot tall blond beauty of a ghostwriter who's pretty good at judo... to name only a few. There's also plenty of slapstick action and an abundance of very clever dialogue. The Wrong Venus is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for a surprisingly different side to Charles William's substantial talent.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

June 1967 : UK Hardback

Title: Don't Just Stand There
Author(s): Charles Williams
ISBN: 0-304-91902-0 / 978-0-304-91902-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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October 1966 : USA Hardback

Title: Wrong Venus
Author(s): Charles Williams
ISBN: 0-453-00109-2 / 978-0-453-00109-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Paperback Editions

August 1983 : USA Paperback

Title: The wrong Venus (Perennial library)
Author(s): Charles Williams
ISBN: 0-06-080656-7 / 978-0-06-080656-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper & Row
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February 1970 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Wrong Venus
Author(s): Charles Williams
ISBN: 0-451-04158-5 / 978-0-451-04158-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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August 1969 : UK Paperback

Title: Don't Just Stand There (Panther crime)
Author(s): Charles Williams
ISBN: 0-586-02848-X / 978-0-586-02848-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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