Corpse Steps Out
Craig Rice

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Narrated By: Johnny Heller

Duration: 5 hours and 18 minutes

What to expect

Radio star Nelle Brown is known coast-to-coast for her sweet and sultry voice. But her press agent and manager, Jake Justus, is familiar with another side of the darling of the airwaves: her crackpot marriage to a penniless tycoon, disastrous string of lovers, and propensity for flying into spectacular fits of rage. Now, it appears she’s being burned by an ex-flame who’s holding her scandalous love letters for ransom. The missives could ruin Nelle’s career, but so could the scoundrel’s murder. For Nelle and Jake, reporting the crime is out of the question—not to mention pointless, as the corpse has vanished along with the incriminating evidence.

John J. Malone, Chicago’s rumpled yet resourceful legal beagle, is tasked with finding both. But as every new unscrupulous lead turns up dead, Malone isn’t sure whether Nelle is orchestrating a killer cover-up to save her pretty neck or if she’s about to belt out her own swan song.


Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives, Classic crime and mystery fiction

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“Call it screwball noir, call it hard-boiled farce, call it whatever you want…Craig Rice did it with John J. Malone, ne-er-do-well bibulous attorney.”

Thrilling Detective, praise for the series

“Narrator Johnny Heller’s fast-paced delivery makes Craig Rice’s forties-era genre-bending whodunit more fun than mysterious…Heller’s upbeat narration makes all the characters period-perfect—from Jake’s sidekicks, unscrupulous Chicago lawyer John J. Malone and Helene, Jake’s love, to the assortment of hard-drinking denizens of the radio world. Malone and Justus rely on old-fashioned detective work—no computers, DNA, or cell phones—yet each time they have a suspect, the suspect turns up dead. Heller splendidly captures every well-crafted plot twist, from disappearing bodies to cheesy disguises, and every corny period wisecrack sprinkled liberally throughout this engaging novel.”