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Scene of the Crimes By William F. Smith
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The 17 stories collected here represent mysteries of different types: police procedural, domestic malice, humorous, amateur sleuth, standard detection, courtroom confrontation, and dark desperation.... More > "The Invisible Clue" reveals how a hole in a window pane points to the identity of a killer. Ken Ketchem, the world's oldest practicing private investigator, faces a blackmailer in "Option Six" and comes out of retirement to solve a political murder in "Lethal Lunch." A young would-be artist takes a unique approach to fame and fortune in "Farnsworth's Folly," while an ex-con tries to find a new niche in "Barn Door Syndrome." Some criminals are brought to justice, but now and then someone gets away with murder.< Less
Successful Failure and Other Stories By William F. Smith
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A nutty aspiring actor discovers his "successful failure" in a bold plan to rob a bank. A homicide detective who doesn't know the meaning of failure discovers why a husband may be worth... More > more dead than alive. A burglar's bad habit gets in the way of his big score. A man alone in a glass booth is mysteriously killed in plain view of witnesses. A greeting card writer who speaks in rhyme believes his thoughts can control others. A rookie policemen proves himself when he tracks down a poisoner. Two perfectionists face off in a deadly game of wits. A lawyer's good deed gets him involved in the case of a murdered neighbor. A small-town sheriff tries to stop the culprit who is hanging former members of a jury. A retired nurse becomes a next-door snoop when her neighbor is suspected of murder. A policeman's impatience sets a suspect free. A smiling car salesman gets to enjoy his own funeral. And a failing businessman seeks escape from an oppressive protection racket.< Less
That Old Black Magic By William F. Smith
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The quaint little desert town of Benton has become a mecca for eloping couples, on whom Judge Homer Benton, the town's justice of the peace, relies to supplement his substantial income. Lawyer Ken... More > King has been trying (and failing) to unseat the Judge for 16 years because King (who is also the Judge's grandson) is in dire financial straits. Now, the county assessor has revalued his property and he just doesn't make enough money to pay the new taxes. His situation is complicated by the fact that he is also paying alimony to his ex, who is, as usual, up to no good. In the meantime, his budding office romance seems threatened when he learns that his old army buddy, a legendary lothario, is coming to town. It takes all the ingenuity he can muster plus a bit of good luck -- or maybe magic -- to untangle the financial and romantic webs into which he has fallen.< Less
Fiction Techniques in the Short Stories and Novels of William Somerset Maugham By William F. Smith
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During his lifetime, Somerset Maugham became one of the most popular and successful authors in the English language. He is still read and remembered for works such as Of Human Bondage, The... More > Razor’s Edge, and his many outstanding short stories. William F. Smith explores, in detail, exactly how Somerset Maugham’s fiction was written. The value of this kind of study is immense. It gives readers a solid foundation, untainted by the social and political agendas found in contemporary English departments, on which to base their own understanding of both Maugham’s work and of the writing process in general.< Less
Don't Mention It By William F. Smith
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Although one of the main characters in this novel is a detective, Don't Mention It is not a detective story. It's a wholesome and light-hearted account of three tangled romances, each threatened by... More > unforeseen complications. WWII is over and Perry Clark has returned to civilian life to work on his suntan and make a success of his new career as a private investigator. His big opportunity comes when he's hired to find a missing heiress named Phyllis Price. Perry isn't the only one looking for the lady in question. His old buddy Fred Ryce, now a Broadway composer, has no clue who she is, but has fallen head over heels for her. The missing girl's aunt, Corrine Miles, has a few more complications in her life, too, including a fiance who is facing the threat of blackmail over past indiscretions. Of course, the detective has a beautiful secretary with a few tricks up her sleeve, not the least of which is an old family recipe for a mysterious purple potion with the power to cure hiccups -- and inhibitions.< Less

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