Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: How — Death by shooting
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #19
Monthly Key Word: Point
Date Finished: February 9, 2018
A newspaper man’s brother breaks jail, steals the cannery payroll, shoots a guard, and hides out somewhere in the swampy Chesapeake Bay back country. The newspaper man tries to find his brother before the police do, but everyone assumes that the escaped prisoner will try to revenge himself against the rival newspaper publisher. When that publisher turns up dead, shot in the face, everyone assumes the prisoner did it, though many others, including the newspaper man, had a motive.
Published under his Edward Ronns pseudonym, this Edward S. Aarons novel is a fairly straight forward race-against-time thriller, with enough of a twist ending to be satisfying. The plot and characters are not terribly distinctive, unfortunately, so it isn’t quite as entertaining as some of his other works.