The Talking Clock Author:Frank Gruber Book salesmen and small-time con artists Johnny Fletcher and Sam Craig find themselves thrown into jail for vagrancy in Minnesota when they run out of money. In their cell are two other men, and when one of them winds up dead, Sam and Johnny manage to escape, along with the killer. The victim was the scion of a wealthy clock company owner, and J... more »ohnny and Sam get mixed up in the mystery surrounding the death and the inheritance of a special, very valuable clock that speaks on the hour.
An okay book, not really my type of mystery. Sort or more hard-boiled than cozy. The heroes are tough-talking men who do some not-quite-legal things to survive the hard times they find themselves in. The writing is okay, although there are a few episodes that are more filler than useful points in moving the plot along (a full page about hands played in a card game could have been cut for instance.)