Puzzle for Fiends

A Peter Duluth mystery


Patrick Quentin


Victor Gollancz, London, 1947
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Printing Details

First edition, slim hardback bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19 × 12.5cm, 191pp.

When Gordy Friend wakes up in the hospital, he’s got a broken arm, a broken leg, and apparently a broken head, since he can’t remember anything that’s happened before now. Luckily, Gordy learns he has a doting mother, a loving sister, and an absolute knockout wife to care for him and remind him of his lavish, hedonistic lifestyle. He’s also in line to inherit a great deal of money from his recently deceased father—if the will isn’t contested by some killjoys who think Gordy isn’t up to snuff. Then, his trip down easy street hits the skids as Gordy realizes not everything around him is what it seems, and that his father’s passing might not have been so peaceful. Plus, he’s got some weird thoughts clanking around his head—strange memories about the bright lights of Broadway and a beautiful starlet. The more Gordy finds out about himself, the more he suspects that his entire life might be a lie. And that the lie might just kill him...


A good copy, there's some light foxing to the page edges and some age-toning but otherwise a good readable.



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