Unhappy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer

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A newspaperman investigates the strange case of a murdered society clown
Howie Rook does not care for the police. After a long career in newspapers, he has seen too many cases loused up by unimaginative detectives to have any faith in by-the-book investigation. Recently retired, he spends his leisure hours writing letters to the editor regarding police stupidity. He’s so good at pointing out the department’s screw-ups that it has decided to reach out to him. They have an impossible crime, and it requires an amateur’s eye. Real estate magnate James McFarley is found dead in a locked room, a bullet in his chest, and clown make-up on his face. The police have no suspects, no witnesses, and no hope but Rook. The amateur’s skill is about to be put to the test. Will he find the killer, or will he end up looking sillier than a murdered clown? Unhappy Hooligan is part of the Howie Rook Mysteries series, which also includes Rook Takes Knight.

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Published May 14, 2013 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 191 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Big Top in California is the background which Howie Rook, ex-newspaperman and collector of murder cases, takes on for protective coloring when he is tossed an impeccable suicide by the dead man's widow.

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