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176 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1956
The city in these pages is imaginary. The people, the places are all fictitious. Only the police routine is based on established investigatory techniques.– are the books to which so much detective fiction is indebted.
The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocentwas apparently McBain's way of acknowledging the debt, yet announcing his intention to go his own way in every book.