Dead Ringer
Fredric Brown

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 6 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

A classic noir featuring Ed Hunter and Uncle Am, two of mystery fiction's most beloved private eyes

In most murder cases, the setting stays put, if nothing else. But when murder comes to visit the J. C. Hobart traveling carnival, the entire operation has left town before Captain Weiss can gather any tangible leads. For young Ed Hunter, the case throws him together with a gorgeous redhead from the show, but as another murder occurs, and then a third, he and his uncle Am find their hands full with more than just their ball game concession. In a strange atmosphere of freak shows, show girls, and an escaped chimpanzee, Ed and Uncle Am take it upon themselves to find the killer on the loose—a killer who chooses his victims according to their size.


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

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“Fredric Brown’s first book, The Fabulous Clipjoint, stirred up an uncommon amount of interest and praise…The Dead Ringer is an able successor.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“It’s one of those jobs that you’ll have to finish in one sitting. You’ll get no sleep if you don’t.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Stacks up against the best of the season. It not only has a good plot, excellent characterizations, and plenty of action but has a double-take climax that is a humdinger.”