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About the author:
Through his mystery-loving mother, Robert Goldsborough became hooked on Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries while still in his teens, eventually reading all of the 70-plus adventures featuring the rotund, orchid-growing, beer-swilling, gourmet-food-loving genius and his irreverent and free-wheeling assistant, Archie Goodwin.
After Stout's death in 1975, Goldsborough decided to write a Wolfe story for his mother. That novel, "Murder in E Minor," eventually got published by Bantam Books, followed by six other Wolfe tales. But as much as Goldsborough enjoyed writing these murder mysteries, he longed to create his own character. Thus was born Steve "Snap" Malek, a wisecracking Chicago Tribune police reporter who just may bear some resemblance to Archie Goodwin.
Goldsborough, himself a former Tribune reporter and editor, has set his Malek stories in the 1930s and '40s, in part because of his interest in Chicago history and the intriguing characters who have passed through the rough-and-tumble metropolis. The reporter frequently finds himself in historical situations interacting with such personalities as Al Capone, legendary actress Helen Hayes, baseball great Dizzy Dean, eccentric architect Frank Lloyd Wright, film pioneer Walt Disney, and atom bomb physicist Enrico Fermi. Through it all, Malek remains unimpressed by celebrity and far more interested in scoops-to the point where he frequently finds himself in deadly peril. But as Goldsborough points out, newspaper reporters are supposed to be intrepid.
Terror at the Fair
It's the summer of 1949 and Steve "Snap" Malek has been assigned by his editors to cover the Chicago Railroad Fair. For three months this sprawling and lavish event will draw visitors to the showcase on the city's beautiful Lakefront. Malek, used to getting his headlines covering the gritty Police Headquarters, sees this as the first step in being put out to pasture. Deciding that a man's got to do what a man's got to do, he accepts the assignment, grumbling all the while.
However, violence has a way of finding the intrepid Snap Malek, even in this least likely of locales. Striking indiscriminately, a killer bearing a grudge against railroads in general, threatens to shut down the highly publicized and well-attended national exposition with a series of bizarre murders.
Before this reign of terror ends, famed filmmaker Walt Disney enters the scene with a theory about the killer, and Malek himself, bloodied and wounded, becomes a target of the madman's wrath.
- Publication Date:
- Apr 01 2011
- 1590806727 / 9781590806722
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical