Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Why — It won an award of some sort
Calendar of Crime: March #7 – Book title has word starting with M
TBR #13 (8e, 5p)
Date Finished: January 21, 2019
The second son of a wealthy family, Pete Worden, who had a distinguished college football career and World War II service record, can’t, or won’t, hold a job, lead a standard life, or commit to his girlfriend. When he gets on the wrong side of a gambler, and when that gambler then turns up dead in his apartment, he has to clear his name and find the real culprit.
An Edgar-winning first novel by Gault, after a long career in the pulps, this one is clearly a prototype for his series of mysteries featuring Brock Callahan. The tone, the football, the friendliness and likability, the resistance to a standard life, the hesitancy to commit to a relationship, and the cooperation with the police, are all typical in the Callahan stories, as well. Perhaps having read many of those, this one doesn’t seem too groundbreaking or unusual enough to be award winning, but it is a very appealing style and story.