|Title||Publisher||Date||Issue Points - Notes|
|Murder Inc.||Top Line Books||1952||Red cloth, gilt. Dust jacket priced 8/6
Film Tie in
|Deadline||Top Line Books||1952||Movie tie in. Original screenplay
|The Chinese Visitor||Cassell||1965||US: 1965 Coward|
|The Little Dragon from Peking||Cassell||1967||US: 1967 Coward|
|Come Die With Me||Macmillan||1970||US: 1969 McKay as
Diamonds Are Deadly
|Henry in the Frame||Macmillan||1972||US: 1972 McKay|
Dust Jacket Artist: Unknown
James Eastwood ~ Further Information ~ Biography
Synopsis of James Eastwood's Murder Inc.
During the investigation of a seemingly routine murder case, District Attorney Ferguson stumbled on almost incredible evidence that there existed in America an organisation of professional killers. An organisation operating on a scale big enough to employ a staff undertaker, selling murder to those too scared or too prudent to kill their enemies with their own hands. This was Murder Inc., a business the D.A. swore to break and send its boss, the power-drunk Mcndoza, to the chair.
But who could be found to testify against the man who had only to pick up the phone to pass sentence of death upon anyone who threatened him? That was Ferguson's problem. Here is a story with a thrill on every page, rising to a climax of such power and tension that the reader will be kept breathless to the very last line. But it is also an account of painstaking police work, showing how a formidable case can be built up from the most meagre of clues. This novel is based on fact. There was an organisation called Murder Inc., and the book is based on the astounding case which hit the headlines in 1940 when seven members of the infamous crime syndicate were successfully convicted.
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