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A gentle murderer

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Published by Gregg Press in Boston .
Written in English.

About the Book

A frightening confession leads a priest to hunt down a murderer in Grand Master of crime fiction Dorothy Salisbury Davis's bestselling novel, which critic Anthony Boucher called "one of the best detective stories of modern times." On a hot Saturday night in Manhattan, Father Duffy sits in a confessional, growing alarmed as he listens to the voice of a distraught young man who speaks of bloody hair and a dead woman and a compulsion to do things with a hammer that he does not understand. Before the priest can persuade the man to confess to the police, the killer flees, still clutching the hammer. The next day, Father Duffy learns that a high-class call girl on the East Side has been savagely murdered, and no suspect has been found. As he searches for the disturbed young man who he fears will kill again, cerebral New York Police detective Sergeant Ben Goldsmith takes the lead in the investigation of the call-girl murder, racing against the clock to catch a very clever killer who, when enraged, cannot control his need to swing a hammer.

Edition Notes

Reprint of the 1953 ed. published by Bantam Books, New York.

Series
Gregg Press mystery fiction series

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3554.A9335 G4 1980

The Physical Object

Pagination
vii, 198 p. ;
Number of pages
198

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL4102625M
Internet Archive
gentlemurderer00davi
ISBN 10
0839826508
LC Control Number
80017169
OCLC/WorldCat
6421593
Library Thing
1889235
Goodreads
1678231
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