ife or Death
Angel was voluptuous child-woman, bouncing in and out of every bed in town, until she landed in the wrong one and found death was her lover. Then the town that had played voyeur to her indiscretions pounced upon Angel's husband Jim, branding him cuckold and killer and screaming for blood. But what could Jim do when even the D.A., last in a parade of Angel's lovers, was out to pin the murder on him? He had to find the one who had played Angel false or let an avenging Angel cheat him again. Only this time he would pay with his life...!
District Attorney Crosby was waiting for them in the
lobby. He ignored Denton. "You tell him anything, Chief?"
|In this book
small-town newspaper publisher Jim Denton tries to cover up the apparent
fact that his nymphomaniac wife has run off with another man, then finds
himself prime suspect when her body is found in the woods and has to figure
out which of her lovers was also the murderer simply in order to prove that
he is innocent. According to Nevins Deming combines high craftsmanship and
storytelling skill with sensitive treatment of relationships, including some
neat vignettes of puritanical bitchiness. Anthony Boucher called the
story "familiar enough... but tightly plotted and told, with a credible
picture of a small town." (December 8. 1963)
Includes a cast of characters and was written by Richard Deming who in 1972 stated: "Manny Lee absolutely refused to share any subsidiary rights on these, so they were written for a flat fee. Since it would have killed me to have one of them sell movie rights, I deliberately made them just barely acceptable, which is really harder than writing your best." Deming died in 1983. Just as well that the film adaptation of one of his books, feared by him, came about, albeit for television, in 1992. This story was made into a TV movie for Czech television called Dama a smrt.
|Above: Almat Magazine co. of New York published Man's Magazine. In the sixties they featured several of the farmed out stories which didn't feature Ellery or his dad. This story appeared in the October issue of 1963 as "A Matter of Wife or Death" subtitled "She was a frisky bride - the loving end".*|
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