God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion
Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel of 1967 MARK n. An easy victim; a ready subject for the practices of a confidence man, thief, beggar, etc.; a sucker.-Dictionary of American Slang red Fitch is a man with an extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets-possibly the most extensive collection of such in the entire world When P. T. Barnum said, 'There's one born every minute, and two to take him,' he didn't know about Fred Fitch; when Fred Fitch was born, there were two million to take him. Every itinerant grifter, bunk artist, shearer, short-changer, pennyweighter, and yentzer to hit New York considers his trip incomplete until he's also hit Fred Fitch. He's the con man's version of Go-pass Fred Fitch, collect two hundred dollars, and move on. What happens to Fred Fitch when his long-lost Uncle Matt dies and leaves him three hunded thousand dollars shouldn't happen to the ball in a pinball machine. Fred Fitch with three hundred thousand dollars is like a mouse with a sack of catnip: he's likely to attract the wrong kind of attention. And it seems that Uncle Matt was murdered by someone who's now after Fred . . . This title is the first in our three-per-year reprint program for Edgar Award-winning novels.This program is spearheaded by Otto Penzler, owner and proprietor of the Mysterious Press Bookshop, one the oldest and most prestigious mystery bookshops in North America.
Author: Donald E. Westlake
Edition: (Edition: 1st)
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: 2004-01-01