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The Last Score (1964)

Leslie Gibson was a wealthy, beautiful, seventeen-year-old brat - out for kicks at any price! And Leslie had decided that Reid Rance, adventurer and travel guide extraordinaire, was just the man to show her the hot spots of Mexico. But touring led to trouble with a capital T, and Reid was soon minus one debutante, but plus several unwanted corpses, and desperately wanted by the Mexican and American police as well as the Mexican underground. Could Reid evade the cops and rescue Leslie from the underground abductors before time ran out for them both...?(cover)

had girl, will travel...

Reid Rance was a travel agent. The kind who would take you where the tourists seldom went. But when Mrs. May Gibson asked him to chaperon her wild daughter Leslie around Mexico, he begged off. "Why me?" he asked.
"Because you were a police officer once," she answered, "and Leslie won't be able to shake you off."
Rance wanted no part of the deal, but he was behind in his rent, and Mrs. Gibson owned the building. In fact, Mrs. Gibson owned just about everything -- and everyone -- in Greengrove.
It wouldn't be easy, Rance warned Mrs. Gibson. And it wasn't. Within two days Leslie had disappeared from their Mexican hotel. And in her place was a note demanding $5,000 -- or else.

The Last Score - cover SignetThe Last Score - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, March 1. 2015The Last Score - cover Road, September 22 2015

Cast of characters included. Ghostwritten by Charles W. Runyon.

In a 2007 interview by Ed Gorman, Charles
answered this to the question which of his novels he would most like to see reprinted and why?  "There are at least three that might go down well with today's readers. The Last Score was rushed to completion as a work-for-hire, for Manfred Lee and Fred Dannay, and published under their byline of Ellery Queen. I still have a paternal affection for the book, and would like to see it reprinted under it's "rightful" parentage."

De Afrekening - Cover Dutch edition, Nederlandse BoekenclubDas Gold von Acapulco - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi Nr 1196, 19685000 δολλάρια για μια κούκλα - cover Greek edition, Viper, 19755.000 για μια κούκλα - Cover Greek edition, 2009, Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Λαμπράκη (Lambrakis)
Safari per una lolita - cover Italian edition, Il Giallo Mondadori Serie Nera Nr 980Ajuste Final - cover Portuguese edition, Livros de Bolso / Serie Clube do Crime, Publicações Europa-América, April 1990החטיפה במכסיקו - Cover Israelian edition, translated to Hebrew by M. Lapidot, published by M. Mizrahi, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1960's.

The Last Score Translations:  
Dutch/Flemish: De afrekening  
German: Das Gold von Acapulco  
Greek: 5.000 για μια κούκλα 
aka 5000 δολλάρια για μια κούκλα 

Hebrew:  החטיפה במכסיקו  
Italian: Safari per una lolita  
Portuguese: Ajuste Final  

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