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The Big Midget Murders ✮ [PDF] ✩ The Big Midget Murders By Craig Rice ✻ – Thomashillier.co.uk Jay Otto, better known as the Big Midget, is the star of the show at Jake Justus s new nightclub until the night Otto is found dead in his dressing room, strangled by someone who used eleven silk stoc Jay Otto, better known as the Big Midget, is the star of the show at Jake Justus s new nightclub until the night Otto is found dead in his dressing room, The Big Epub / strangled by someone who used eleven silk stockings for a noose Jake, his wife Helene, and their lawyer friend John J Malone discover Otto s body and decide to temporarily conceal his corpse in a bass fiddle case, hoping to avoid any adverse publicity for their nightclub When they return to remove Otto s body, it has mysteriously disappeared, only to resurface several hours later in the midget s own bed with the empty fiddle case parked outside the door to the Justus s apartment Operating on very little sleep, but plenty of alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, Jake, Helene and Malone use their best amateur detective skills to determine who murdered Jay Otto and two additional murder victims whose deaths also feature silk stockings.


10 thoughts on “The Big Midget Murders

  1. Jim Davis Jim Davis says:

    Rice is a mixture of Hammett and the Marx Brothers Not always completely successful in her fast paced madcap crime stories she does provide a good read if you take everything in the context of the time period it was written I only gave it 3 stars because although it was a good fast read it still wasn t as good as Hammett or as funny as the Marx Brothers Also the build up was good but the ending was just a little flat with way too many details to wrap up convincingly Helene and Jake make Ni Rice is a mixture of Hammett and the Marx Brothers Not always completely successful in her fast paced madcap crime stories she does provide a good read if you take everything in the context of the time period it was written I only gave it 3 stars because although it was a good fast read it still wasn t as good as Hammett or as funny as the Marx Brothers Also the build up was good but the ending was just a little flat with way too many details to wrap up convincingly Helene and Jake make Nick and Nora look like teetotalers and never let the letter of the law influence their actions Malone manages to out drink them and, even though he is a lawyer, has even less concern about the legality of his actions I used the old term madcap because it perfectly explains the way the gang deals with the crime at hand even though it dates me I m 71 While they flirt with morality and legality they never do anything really wrong in their very funny attempts to solve a crime And the only reason they want to solve the crime is because they have somehow gotten involved and will end up in trouble if they don t find the real culprit Add high levels of alcohol and a breakneck pace as they somehow muddle through to solving the crime at the end While this was written in 1940 and PC didn t exist yet, Rice does seem to go out of her way to pick on people s personal attributes in a way that would seem very bad taste today But it was 1940 and people still used the word midget and often picked on them and occasionally had weird fears related to them


  2. Whistlers Mom Whistlers Mom says:

    Before I recommend this to you, how squeamish are you Jake Justus may be as he claims the world s greatest publicity agent, but he s the world s worst businessman Married to gorgeous heiress Helene Brand, he s determined not to be a kept husband OR to expose Helene to the rigors of touring with bands So he acquires a Chicago nightclub called the Casino It s the hottest, most exclusive place in town A real money maker.And what does he do Why he rips out all the walls, remodels, and enlarge Before I recommend this to you, how squeamish are you Jake Justus may be as he claims the world s greatest publicity agent, but he s the world s worst businessman Married to gorgeous heiress Helene Brand, he s determined not to be a kept husband OR to expose Helene to the rigors of touring with bands So he acquires a Chicago nightclub called the Casino It s the hottest, most exclusive place in town A real money maker.And what does he do Why he rips out all the walls, remodels, and enlarges it, using money borrowed from gangster Max Hook Max is a smooth man in a rough business, but when he loans money he expects to get it back On time.To pull in customers and pay back that loan Jake is staking his life on Jay Otto s act Otto is a little guy about three feet tall, to be exact but his talent is huge and so are the audiences who stand in line to see him Otto s cruel, hilarious impersonations of other entertainers don t make him popular, but hurt feelings or not, the show MUST go on There s a tricky clause in Jay Otto s contract and Jake invites his friend and lawyer John J Malone to work things out Malone s made his reputation keeping people out of the slammer, but he can negotiate a contract So after Otto s last act, Malone, Jake, and Helene head back to Otto s dressing room But when they get there, they find that someone has solved the problem for them Otto will never insult another stripper, embarrass another singer, or enrage another band leader Otto is dead.Now here s where things get a little dicey Jake can t afford for the cops to close down the Casino while they investigate the death And if the cops find Otto s body there, that s what they ll do To make a long story short, they hide the body I won t tell you HOW and plan to come back later to make sure that the corpse is discovered elsewhere.If you ve read any of Craig Rice s books, you know it s not going to be that simple There will be hilarious and tasteless complications And there will bemurders and shocking revelations about Jay Otto s deplorable sideline Why even Max Hook himself is horrified That s blackmail That s CRIMINAL he sputters.Criminal and profitable Nightclubs employ beautiful girls and foolish young men from wealthy families hang around, hoping to meet then And some of those young men take one drink too many and wake up the next morning married to a showgirl The hung over bridegroom is willing to pay for a quick, quiet annulment and Jay Otto s rake off makes him a rich man A very rich, very unpopular man So who s in this scam with him and who snuffed him Rice s books are not for the faint hearted In 1942, people worried less about offending And Rice was too busy making a living and drinking herself into an early grave to bother about being delicate For all that, she had a sort of rough compassion Jay Otto was a twisted soul and ruined lives for both pleasure and profit, but when the tragedy of his own life is revealed, you can understand Not forgive or condone, but understand.It s a fast paced, entertaining read and Malone, Jake, and Helene are at their best Helene s high society friends mesh seamlessly with Jake s show biz pals and Malone s gangster buddies After all, it s Chicago Malone s discovery of his long ago secret love, now old and alone, is a sad sweet romance Malone is determined to save the old torch singer and return her to her former glory Will they walk off into the sunset hand in hand Read the book You won t be sorry you did


  3. Jessi Jessi says:

    Jake Justus won a nightclub in a card game He then borrowed money from a loan shark and it s coming due Too bad his biggest act, a small person who does imitations, is such a jerk It s especially bad that the guy is such a big jerk that someone murdered him by hanging him with 11 stockings, none of which match.John J Malone is at the theater with Jake and Jake s wife Helene when it happens And he helps them hide the body in the case of a bass But then the bass disappears and it sets off a Jake Justus won a nightclub in a card game He then borrowed money from a loan shark and it s coming due Too bad his biggest act, a small person who does imitations, is such a jerk It s especially bad that the guy is such a big jerk that someone murdered him by hanging him with 11 stockings, none of which match.John J Malone is at the theater with Jake and Jake s wife Helene when it happens And he helps them hide the body in the case of a bass But then the bass disappears and it sets off a series of events that are not unexpected from a Craig Rice book Confusing story but a quick read


  4. Lisa Erin Lisa Erin says:

    All of the Rice style you love is there, but the othering is pretty brutal.


  5. Carol Carol says:

    I thought I had read all of the Malone books, but this one was new to me It was the usual hard drinking mysterious and humorous romp as all the others.


  6. Martina Sartor Martina Sartor says:

    All inizio, vista l ambientazione e il tipo di personaggi, pensavo che il romanzo virasse troppo sul genere hard boiled, che a me piace poco fumosi locali notturni dell America anni 40, l avvocato investigatore beone, le ballerine di fila.Beh, invece la Rice riuscita col suo stile particolare, frizzante, umoristico e fresco, a farmi appassionare alla storia Ha creato un delitto con una vittima insolita, il Grande Nano, dove quello che sembra il mistero centrale la scomparsa del contrabbass All inizio, vista l ambientazione e il tipo di personaggi, pensavo che il romanzo virasse troppo sul genere hard boiled, che a me piace poco fumosi locali notturni dell America anni 40, l avvocato investigatore beone, le ballerine di fila.Beh, invece la Rice riuscita col suo stile particolare, frizzante, umoristico e fresco, a farmi appassionare alla storia Ha creato un delitto con una vittima insolita, il Grande Nano, dove quello che sembra il mistero centrale la scomparsa del contrabbasso con dentro il morto in realt non il punto pi importante per scoprire il colpevole.Riguardo agli indizi, molto in linea col giallo classico, quando ho letto quello riguardo all altezza dell assassino, sono tornata indietro a rileggere il brano dove Jake tenta di tirar gi il Nano E mi sono ricordata che esattamente in quel punto mi ero detta che l poteva esserci un elemento chiave la sedia che non c era mi puzzava molto Ecco, per me la bravura di un giallista anche questa far sospettare il lettore che l si nasconda un indizio chiave, ma appunto riuscire a nasconderlo bene Il finale, poi, cos romanticamente malinconico per Malone, mi piaciuto moltissimo


  7. CQM CQM says:

    Another one from my time reading nothing but mysteries For me this is Craig Rice at her best John J Malone the lawyer cum detective drinks gallons of booze along with his chums, socialites Jake and Helen while wisecracking and solving the murder of the titular big midget Occasional help comes from policeman Daniel Von Flanagan All very light and amusing and I found the lightness less annoying in this one than in some of the others of the series.


  8. Katie Katie says:

    I was glad Sarah warned me about the jarring and somewhat pervasive anti litte people prejudice That was weird and disturbing.But Von Flanagan was back, Malone was in top form, and I actually followed the plot of this one, and guessed the murderer before Malone told me This story really hung together cue CSI Miami theme music


  9. Joel Joel says:

    Whacky mystery with fun detectives and interesting twists.


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    The characters hold some awful biases against little people, but if you can get past that, the rest of this mystery is much better than the two that proceeded it.


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