Dead Wrong

Originally published in 1957, Hellen’s “Dead Wrong” was republished in 2000 by Stark House Press’ Black Gat Books division. It’s a tough, hardnosed Jersey-style crime fiction that reprises the innocent man framed for murder theme, but also has that Maltese Falcon thing going when a mysterious package disappears. It all starts with Malone getting a call from a sea captain buddy who generally wanted to paint the town from bar to bar. But it’s his long lost daughter who shows up with a letter informing Malone to turn over the package to dear daughter. And everyone wants the package from South American revolutionaries to local tough guys to the homicide detectives. Only problem is Malone never had it and never knew anything about it. Well-written, compelling, fast-moving, and gritty.

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