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In a Deadly Vein

In a Deadly Vein, by Brett Halliday. Cover art by Bob McGinnis. (Originally titled "Murder Wears a Mummer's Mask", written in 1943, this printing: 1962.)

 

From the inside cover:

 

I'm on vacation when I meet this gorgeous trick with a head of golden hair that's worth half of Fort Knox. Her old man has found a mine worth the other half. Putting them together, she stacks up as a lucky girl.

 

Then she disappears. With her looks, and her old man's loot, I figure she's a diamond-studded candidate for the morgue.

 

That makes her my dish. After all, murder and blondes are my business.

 

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Taken on April 16, 2008