The Headless Lady by Clayton Rawson

(c. 1940,1979) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: A circus owner’s murder produces a roster of bizarre suspects

Summer heat is choking New York, and the Great Merlini—conjurer, sleuth, and godson of P. T. Barnum—offers his friend Ross Harte a chance to get out of town. Before they can depart for the annual convention of the Society of American Magicians, a nervous woman enters Merlini’s shop, begging to purchase his most popular illusion: the headless lady. When the magician refuses to sell his last copy, she steals it. She is the daughter of Major Hannum, a recently deceased circus magnate whose death may not have been an accident. Somewhere among the carnies, barkers, and freaks lurks a killer, and only Merlini can save the carnival from further bloodshed. The killer’s plot is as sly as a funhouse mirror, but no detective is more at home in a world where nothing is what it seems.

  • Publisher: Gregg Press
  • Pages: 224
  • Location: Boston, USA
  • Edited by: Otto Penzler
  • Dimensions: 6″x9″
  • Date: 1940, 1979
  • Binding: hardbound

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