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THE EXPLOITS OF THE PATENT LEATHER KID, by Erle Stanley Gardner

Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid Erle Stanley Gardner created 49 series characters and only few had a number of stories. The Paten Leather Kid appeared in 13 stories from 1932 through 1934. As Editor Bill Pronzini writes in Introduction, The Patent Leather Kid has a couble life. As Dan Seller, he is a millionaire clubman who suddenly disappears for days, and as Rodney Stone, he is a business man who becomes The Patent Leather Kid secretly. THE EXPLOITS OF THE PATENT LEATHER KID (Crippen & Landru, 2010) has all the 13 stories featuring The Patent Leather Kid as follows:

"The Kid Stack a Deck," first published in the March 28, 1932 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Passes the Suger," first published in the July 30, 1932 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Wins a Wager," first published in the September 10, 1932 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Throw a Stone," first published in the October 22, 1932 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Makes a Bid," first published in the February 18, 1933 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Muscles In," first published in the April 15, 1933 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Takes a Cut," first published in the May 20, 1933 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
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"The Kid Beats the Gun," first published in the August 5, 1933 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Covers a Kill," first published in the November 4, 1933 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Clear s Crook," first published in the February 3, 1934 issue Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Clips a Coupon," first published in the April 21, 1934 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Cooks a Goose," first published in the July 14, 1934 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly
"The Kid Steals a Star," first published in the November 17, 1934 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly


This is the 32nd in the Crippen & Landru "Lost Classics" series. There are two editions of this book: clothbound ($29) and trade softcover ($19). Order from Crippen & Landru by e-mailing to info@crippenlandru.com, or by sending a letter to Crippen & Landru, Dept. G, P. O. Box 9315, Norfolk, Virginia 23505, USA. They honor Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg

By Hook or by Crook As I say every year, I don't like this title. Why can't they entitle this annual anthology simply THE BEST CRIME & MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR 2010? But the "real" (and awkward and long) title is BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AND 27 MORE OF THE BEST CRIME + MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR (Tyrus Books, 2010), edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg, which contains 28 "best" stories published in 2009 as follows:
"Animal Rescue," by Dennis Lehane, first published in BOSTON NOIR (edited by Dennis Lehane; Akashic Books, 2009)
"Family Affair," by Kris Nelscott (aka. Kristine Kathryn Rusch), featuring Smokey Dalton, first published in the Fall 2009 issue of Subterranean
"Survival Instincts," by Sandra Seamans, first published online at PulpPush.moonfruite.com
"Julias Kats," by Dave Zeltserman, a Shamus winner, first published in the September/October 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Seeing the Moon," by S. J. Rozan, first published in ON A RAVEN'S WING (edited by Stuart Kaminsky; Harper trade, 2009)
"Dark Chocolate," by Nancy Pickard, first published in TWO OF THE DEADLIEST (edited by Elizabeth George; Harper, 2009)
"Telegraphing," by Macia Muller, featuring Sharon McCone, first published in the June 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"The Valhalla Verdict," by Doug Allyn, first published in the March/April 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"Pure Pulp," by Bill Crider, first published in MURDER PAST, MURDER PRESENT (edited by R. Barri Flowers and Jan Grape; Twilight Times Books, 2009)
"Blood Sacrifices and the Catatonic Kid," by Tom Picirrilli, first published in THE DEATH PANEL (edited by Cheryl Mullenax; Comet Press, 2009)
"Patterns," by Richard Lupoff, first published in the December 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"The Tell-Tale Purr," by Mary Higgins Clark, first published in ON A RAVEN'S WING (edited by Stuart Kaminsky; Harper trade, 2009)
"The Big Switch," by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, featuring Mike Hammer, first published in the January 2009 issue of The Strand Magazine
"Crazy larry Smells Bacon," by Greg Bardsley, first published online at Plots with Guns
"Femme Sole, " by Dana Cameron, first published in BOSTON NOIR (edited by Dennis Lehane; Akashic Books, 2009)
"The Dark Island," by Brendan Dubois, first published in BOSTON NOIR (edited by Dennis Lehane; Akashic Books, 2009)
"The Caretaker," by Terence Faherty, first published in the December 2009 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
"The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin," by Gillian Linscott, a Sherlockian pastiche, first published in SHERLOCK HOMES IN AMERICA (edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower; Skyhorse, 2009)
"The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness, " by Lyndsay Faye, a Sherlocian pastiche, first published in HERLOCK HOMES IN AMERICA (edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower; Skyhorse, 2009)
"Time Will Tell," by Twist Phelan, first published in THE PROSECTION RESTS (edited by Linda Fairstein; Back Bay Books, 2009)
"By Hook or By Crook," by Charlie Drees, first published in THE PROSECTION RESTS (edited by Linda Fairstein; Back Bay Books, 2009)
"The Final Nail," by Robert J. Randisi, featuring Val O'Farrell, first published in MURDER PAST, MURDER PRESENT (edited by R. Barri Flowers and Jan Grape; Twilight Times Books, 2009)
"Amapola," by Luis Alberto Urrea, an Edgar winner, first published in PHOENIX NOIR (edited by Patrick Millikin; Akashic Books, 2009)
"Cougar," by Laura Lippman, first published in TWO OF THE DEADLIEST (edited by Elizabeth George; Harper, 2009)
"Digby, Attorney at Law," by Jim Fusilli, first published in the May 2009 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
"The Way They Limp," by Clark Howard, first published in the September/October 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
"O'Nelligan's Glory," by Michael Nethercott, featuring O'Nelligan and Punkett, a Black Orchid award winner, first published in the July/August 2009 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
"Between Sins," by Robert Levinson, first published in the June 2009 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

As in the previous years, Jon L. Breen's introductory review on the genre,"The Mystery in 2009," is very informative. I didn't know about the passing of Barbara Callahan.

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