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Edward D. Hoch - Challenging the Impossible - Signed Limited Edition

 Signed edition limited to 150 copies

Signed by Josh Pachter, crime fiction writer, editor,
translator, and author of the introduction

Includes a separately printed bonus story,
"The Spy and the Suicide Club" by Hoch and Pachter,
exclusive to this edition

Follow Dr. Sam Hawthorne through the war years, a time that he called “the beginning of two of the most eventful years of my life.”

The final collection of Dr. Sam Hawthorne stories covers 1940-1944 and includes 15 stories of impossible crimes. From the death of a Siamese cat in a locked veterinary clinic to the death of a Nazi spy, Dr. Sam explains the mysteries that confront the town of Northmont, Connecticut. His cases include:

  • an impossible crime where the wife disappears from the attic where she is confined
  • a murder charge against Sheriff Lens on the cusp of his last campaign for office
  • a case where a man claims to have killed a man using invisibility
  • a cottage where suicides take place too frequently, told to a special visitor to Dr. Sam.

 While the Dr. Sam stories have come to an end, Crippen & Landru will proudly be presenting Hoch’s Ladies next year, featuring the distaff characters from the master of the short story form.

Specializing in Mystery Fiction and all its subgenres, including Detective, Crime, Hardboiled, Thrillers, Espionage, and Suspense.

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