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Murder with a Past (1963)

Who killed Cox, the robber? Was it Ruth Tully, who visited Crandall Cox on the night of his death, and who might have decided to quench a torrid past with a spray of bullets? What about Sandra Jean, the knock-'em-dead beauty, who knew more than she was telling about the sudden demise of blackmailer Cox? Or had some past scandal driven lawyer Ollie Hurst and his wife, Norma, to claim the blackmailer's life? Dave Tully didn't know who the killer was, but if he didn't find out fast, the price of failure could be death...! (cover)

Your wife's a little late, isn't she Dave?"
She usually goes on these business trips with you, Dave. Why didn't she go this time? "You'd better stop making like a detective, Julian, and tell me what this is about. In words of one syllable. Julian Smith reached into a pocket and brought out something wrapped in a white cloth. "This is your gun, Dave."
"For God's sake, Julian. How did you get hold of my gun? And what's it got to do with this man Cox, whoever he is? What are you trying to tell me?"
"That it killed him," Smith said...."I'm sorry, Dave. We've got a pickup on your wife."

Murder with a Past - cover Pocket 4700, 1963Murder with a Past - cover Signet, 1973Murder with a Past - cover AudiobooksMurder with a Past - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, March 24, 2015Murder With A Past - cover Road (September 22 2015)

Cast of characters. Written by Talmage Powell

Moord met een Verleden - dutch coverDame mit dunklen Punkten - Cover German EditionDer Schuss auf Cranny Cox - cover German edition, Heyne, 1963Movente per un omicidio - cover Italian edition, Il Giallo Mondadori Nr 790, March 22. 1964
Movente per un omicidio - cover Italian edition, I Classici del Giallo, Arnoldo Mondadori, 28-9-1982רצח הסחטן - Cover Israelian edition, 1971Δολοφονία με παρελθόν - cover Greek edition,  Viper N 627, 1976ENA ΣKOTEINO ΠAPEΛΘON - Cover Greek edition, 1967

Murder with a past Translations:
Dutch/Flemish: Moord met een verleden 
German: Dame mit dunklen Punkten 
(aka Der Schuss auf Cranny Cox) 
aka Δολοφονία με παρελθόν 
Hebrew:  רצח הסחטן 
Italian: Movente per un omicidio 

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