Dust jacket by Gavin L. O'Keefe

 

This special edition has been formatted in two columns for easy reading. It's printed in a 7.5 point Verdana font and, other than being rather heavy, is eminently readable. From the opening pages in which a man surprises a burglar breaking into his house (read the first chapter!) you'll be sucked into an astonishing world of Keeler koinkidinks and kapers. This is one court case you will never forget!

THE SKULL IN THE BOX

 A man is standing on a street corner holding a crimson hatbox. An archbishop walks up to him and asks, “What’s in the box, my son?” The man replies, “Wah Lee’s skull. I cracked Vann’s pete.”

From this unlikely scenario, Harry Stephen Keeler has fashioned a four-volume courtroom saga that is unique in American literature. Originally published in the 30s as four books:

THE MAN WITH THE MAGIC EARDRUMS

THE MAN WITH THE CRIMSON BOX

THE MAN WITH THE WOODEN SPECTACLES

THE CASE OF THE LAVENDER GRIPSACK

it is now, for the first time, published in one trade pa-perback or hardback volume. Some people consider the SKULL IN THE BOX series Harry Stephen Keeler’s masterpiece.

There are 350,000 words on the 436 pages in this book. Read them and you’ll know why Bill Pronzini called Keeler “the first great alternative writer.” $25

 

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