THE DOUBLE TAKE
Before the television series, 77 SUNSET STRIP, made Stuart Bailey a household name, he starred in four stories (one novel and 3 novelettes). Appearing under our Mystery House banner is the novel which started it all.
Stuart Bailey is a private investigator, of very much the same stripe as Perry Mason of the Erle Stanley Gardner books, and, in common with Mason and others of the same fictional feather, manages to get himself so involved with criminals and garden-variety crooks that soon he becomes the subject of some rather heated investigations himself.
The job he takes in "The Double Take" really leads him over the bumps. In less than a half-day, according to his own account, he is "threatened by an amateur trigger man, conned by a local lovely and pumped by an international beauty."
You can gather from that that all his dealings are not sneering scarfaces and underworld uglies. Actually, maes are his dish-if only he weren't always too not on somebody's trail.
Roy Huggins makes quite a guy of his hard-bitten performer, a hard-drinking, fast-talking customer with a trigger mind.
THE CASES OF STUART BAILEY
The name: STUART BAILEY
On his beat, you'll run into--
D. C. HALLORAN (Behind the big, blue eyes and the fleeting, antic smile, she's so frightened that she can't bear to spend the night alone.)
MILDRED TRIST (She has a cold camellia face, a who the hell are you? expression--and a husband thirty years her senior.)
BETTY CALLISTER (She's tickled pink--all over--at finding a bachelor like Bailey aboard her father's yacht.)
This book contains the final three Stuart Bailey stories: "Appointment With Fear", "Now You See It", and "Death and the 'Skylark'".
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