The Big Clock

By Kenneth Fearing

George Stroud is a hard-drinking, tough-talking, none-too-scrupulous author for a brand new York media conglomerate that bears a remarkable resemblance to Time, Inc. within the heyday of Henry Luce. someday, ahead of heading domestic to his spouse within the suburbs, Stroud has a drink with Pauline, the gorgeous female friend of his boss, Earl Janoth. issues ensue. tomorrow Stroud escorts Pauline domestic, leaving her off on the nook simply as Janoth returns from a visit. The day after that, Pauline is located murdered in her apartment.

Janoth understands there has been one witness to his access into Pauline’s house at the evening of the homicide; he understands that guy should have been the fellow Pauline used to be with ahead of he bought again; yet he doesn’t comprehend who he used to be. Janoth badly desires to get his palms on that guy, and he choices one in every of his such a lot relied on staff to trace him down: George Stroud, who else?

How does a guy break out from himself? No ebook has ever dramatized that question to extra excellent impression than The substantial Clock, a masterpiece of yank noir.

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