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The Flimflam Affair

The Flimflam Affair

A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery

Carpenter and Quincannon (Volume 7)

Bill Pronzini

Forge Books

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The Flimflam Affair is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series.

Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. While the future is unclear, Sabina and John know one thing for certain; they will protect their clients from flimflammers, thieves, and murderers, and do whatever it takes to run these dregs of society into the arms of the law.

Sometimes, that requires a subtle touch. Professor A. Vargas, self-styled medium extraordinaire, and his partner Annabelle, use guile and trickery to swindle bereaved men and women eager to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones. John and Sabina must not only unmask these charlatans, but also solve the riddle of an impossible murder in the midst of a séance.

Other cases involve brute force and personal danger. Such as the theft of a burglarproof safe mysteriously emptied of gold bullion. And John’s pursuit of a ruthless gang of counterfeiters, whose leader appears to be a man from John’s past in the Secret Service—a man thought long dead.

Adding spice to these exploits is Sabina and John’s personal relationship, which is rapidly progressing to an exciting new level.

The Carpenter and Quincannon Mysteries:
#1 The Bughouse Affair
#2 The Spook Lights Affair
#3 The Body Snatchers Affair
#4 The Plague of Thieves Affair
#5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair
#6 The Bags of Tricks Affair
#7 The Flimflam Affair

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SABINA


Sabina was ten minutes early for her two o’clock appointment with Winthrop Buckley. She had decided to walk the relatively short distance from lower Market Street to the Montgomery Block where his...

Praise for The Flimflam Affair

Praise for the Carpenter and Quincannon Series:

“...there's more than enough to satisfy readers looking for a fast, fun escape from their daily cares.”—Publishers Weekly on The Flimflam Affair

“This fast-moving novel offers plenty of fun.”—Publishers Weekly on The Bags of Tricks Affair

“Four stars. The plotting is great fun.”—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on The Plague of Thieves Affair

“Those who enjoy historical mysteries are in for a particular treat with this delightful new series featuring two intrepid detectives who solve their cases using different but equally effective methods.” —Booklist on The Bughouse Affair

"Readers will enjoy the historical details as they ponder the cases and wonder about the Carpenter-Quincannon relationship."—Booklist on The Body Snatchers Affair

"Historical mystery readers will enjoy this well-researched story from a pair of always reliable genre veterans."—Booklist on The Spook Lights Affair

"A doubly impossible crime only adds to the enjoyable plot"—Publishers Weekly on The Bughouse Affair

“An intriguing mystery.”—Publishers Weekly on The Spook Lights Affair

Reviews from Goodreads

Bill Pronzini

BILL PRONZINI has been nominated for, or won, every prize offered to crime fiction writers, including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It is no wonder, then, that Detroit Free Press said of him, "It's always nice to see masters at work. Pronzini's clear style seamlessly weaves [storylines] together, turning them into a quick, compelling read." Pronzini is best known for the Nameless Detective series. He lives and writes in California, with his wife, crime novelist Marcia Muller.

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