Saturday, November 28, 2015

"His Bullet Knocked My Hat Off My Head, and in the Excitement I Stepped on It"

"Murder Buys a Hat."
By Edward Ronns (real name: Edward Sydney Aarons, 1916-75).
First appearance: Thrilling Detective, July 1942.
Reprinted in Thrilling Detective (UK), September 1954.
Short short story (7 pages).
Online at Pulpgen HERE.
"Rookie Crown Gets the Lowdown on a 'Suicide' When Georgie Puts Her Wits to Work for Him!"
Rarely, very rarely, is "Watson" a smarter detective than "Holmes," and it's practically unheard of when "Watson" is a woman; so when rookie cop Bill Crown unravels a murder made to look like a suicide, it's a good thing he has Georgie and her inside information to help him. Of course, there's the little matter of surviving long enough to tell the tale:
. . . THE shadow seemed grotesque and misshapen, not human, until I realized it was that of a man doubled over with a burden on his back. I knew what the burden was, and my heart started pounding like a kettledrum.  . . .
- Edward Ronns later achieved fame as Edward S. Aarons with his series of spy novels, as the majority of these websites will tell you: Wikipedia HERE, the GAD Wiki HERE, Mystery*File HERE, Spy Guys and Gals HERE, and FictionMags HERE.

The bottom line: One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedly, as in life.
— Alfred Hitchcock

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