Patrick Quentin. Puzzle for Puppets (1944) 262 pp.
Lt. Peter Duluth, a young naval officer on weekend leave in San Francisco during World War II, only briefly settled into his hard-to-get hotel room on Union Square with his movie-star wife when events arise that lead him to be framed for murder. The story includes “wild pursuits through the dark streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown and the backstage alleys of a circus”—not to mention a pachyderm with a grudge.
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