The Fabulous Clipjoint

The Fabulous Clipjoint

Fredric Brown / Feb 18, 2020

The Fabulous Clipjoint Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen and he isn t happy He doesn t want to end up like his father a linotype operator and a drunk married to a harridan with a harridan in training stepdau

  • Title: The Fabulous Clipjoint
  • Author: Fredric Brown
  • ISBN: 9781596541191
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1948 Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn t happy He doesn t want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan in training stepdaughter Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it s too late Then his father doesn t come home one night, and Ed finds out how good he had it The b1948 Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn t happy He doesn t want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan in training stepdaughter Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it s too late Then his father doesn t come home one night, and Ed finds out how good he had it The bulk of the book has Ed teaming up with Uncle Ambrose, a former carny worker, and trying to find out who killed Ed s dad But the title is as much a coming of age tale as it is a pulp Author Brown won the Edgar award in 1947 for this spectacular first effort.

    The Fabulous Clipjoint The Fabulous Clipjoint The Fabulous Clipjoint, first published in book form in originally published under the title Dead Man s Indemnity in Mystery Book Magazine, April , is the first full length novel by writer Fredric Brown, who had honed his craft by publishing hundreds of short stories in the pulp magazines of the day. The Fabulous Clipjoint Ed Am Hunter by Fredric Brown The Fabulous Clipjoint Ed Am Hunter Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn t happy He doesn t want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan in training stepdaughter Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it s too late. The Fabulous Clipjoint In The Fabulous Clipjoint, Fredric Brown spins a great story with most of the elements of noir fiction as written in the s This is the first in what became a series featuring Ed and Ambrose Hunter, a nephew uncle team who solve a mystery in ways than one. The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown Free eBook The Fabulous Clipjoint is also the first of seven detective novels featuring the nephew uncle team of Ed and Am Hunter The subsequent novels in the series are The Dead Ringer, The Bloody Moonlight, Compliments of a Fiend, Death Has Many Doors, The Late Lamented, and Mrs Murphy s Underpants. The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown OverDrive The Fabulous Clipjoint was Fredric Brown s first full length novel, though its assured skill comes from the author s experience in turning out hundreds of detective The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown, Paperback The Fabulous Clipjoint . by Fredric Brown Paperback USD . . Hardcover . Paperback . NOOK Book . View All Available Formats Editions Ship This Item Qualifies for Free Shipping Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be available for in store purchase. Whisky Priest Books Fredric Brown The Fabulous Clipjoint Fredric Brown The Fabulous Clipjoint Fredric Brown was one of the great pulp writers, of both crime and science fiction The copyright status of his work is a confusing mess, depending on who published what and when.

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      • Fredric Brown

        Fredric Brown was an American science fiction and mystery writer He was one of the boldest early writers in genre fiction in his use of narrative experimentation While never in the front rank of popularity in his lifetime, Brown has developed a considerable cult following in the almost half century since he last wrote His works have been periodically reprinted and he has a worldwide fan base, most notably in the U.S and Europe, and especially in France, where there have been several recent movie adaptations of his work He also remains popular in Japan Never financially secure, Brown like many other pulp writers often wrote at a furious pace in order to pay bills This accounts, at least in part, for the uneven quality of his work A newspaperman by profession, Brown was only able to devote 14 years of his life as a full time fiction writer Brown was also a heavy drinker, and this at times doubtless affected his productivity A cultured man and omnivorous reader whose interests ranged far beyond those of most pulp writers, Brown had a lifelong interest in the flute, chess, poker, and the works of Lewis Carroll Brown married twice and was the father of two sons.


    1. I've heard lots of terrific things about Fredric Brown, and I've read a couple of his short stories in anthologies. The Fabulous Clipjoint is my first novel, and I gave it five stars because I'm a sucker for old-school private eye yarns like this one is. Plus anything with jazz in it gets bonus points. Mr. Brown won the 1948 Edgar for Best First Novel in what went on to become a series, I'm told by other reader (I know the late Ed Hoch told me he was a big Fredric Brown fan). Ed Hunter, still a [...]

    2. An under-read pulp writer from the 1940s, this is a classic noir mystery set in Chicago, the first of a series featuring young Ed Hunter and his uncle Ambrose, a carnie. Ed's father is killed in an alley on the way home from a regular night out bar hopping. The detective seems unmotivated so these two set out to solve the mystery of his death. Brown does a good done, keeping the reader guessing who killed Ed's father and why. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Ed McBain's 87th Street Precinct s [...]

    3. By the time Fredric Brown wrote this, his first full novel, he had already been a prolific contributor to the pulp mags of the 1930s & 40s, turning in works across multiple genres from Sci-fi to Noir. The Fabulous Clipjoint duly won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and introduced a popular pair of would be detectives, Ed & Ambrose Hunter, that would feature in a further six novels. Ed is an 18 year old living in Chicago with his father, step mother and teenage step sister. His hum dr [...]

    4. Very, very good. At first this reminded me of the Moon in the Gutter by David Goodis (in that one it is the beloved sister who is dead in the alley, here it's the father), but it became more plotty and interesting (I loved Uncle Ambrose talking about how everything is just atoms spinning around so, you know, reality isn't as real as you think). A satisfying book. (Just to clarify, this came out in 1947, the Goodis is from five years later).

    5. The Fabulous Clipjoint is the Catcher In The Rye of mystery novels - or at least, it is for me.While I read it, I'm living the life of Ed Hunter, a bright but bitter 18-year-old living in the Chicago slums of the 1940s. And the funny thing is that just like Catcher In The Rye, it doesn't feel a bit dated; Ed loves jazz and wants to play the trombone, but that feels exactly the same as a kid wanting to play the electric guitar would today. Ed's thoughts, as Brown writes them, feel just as fresh a [...]

    6. I really enjoy Fredric Brown. I don't think he's a very good writer, tbh, but he has a great imagination and all kinds of energy and a singular voice-- he's never pretending-- which is always emotionally invested. I just read his books and smile. Good stuff.

    7. I had always thought of Frederic Brown as a science fiction writer, for that was how he was presented to me when I first discovered him in the Sixties. I was surprised later when I encountered others who had always thought of him as a mystery writer with a sideline in science fiction, which had gotten out of hand. It was not until the early Eighties that I came across re-issues of his collected short mystery fiction. Some of those stories from the Thirties and Forties seemed as dated as much fic [...]

    8. I recently read the classic mystery, winner of the Edgar award for best first novel, The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown. The writing is superb. The characterization is strong. The dialog is good. The plotting is beautiful. (Brown was an experienced short story writer when he wrote his first novel. It's not the work of a beginner.) Readers who like language will learn both old carny jargon and mid-twentieth-century slang.The plot is full of twists. Readers will guess some of them. I'm reason [...]

    9. A nice noirish detective novel--not as good as some other things I've read by him, but OK. Best when Ed acts like a real confused eighteen year-old and not when he turns into Mr. Smooth With the Dames. Am is a great character, and there's some wonderfully-detailed glances at seedy Chicago. The mystery is not much, but it's full of odd, interesting bits (Ed and Am sit around the bar and talk about women's handbags???).

    10. It is no wonder this book won the Edgar for best first mystery novel. When Ed Hunter is 18 his father is murdered so he goes to his Uncle Am, a carny, for help. As Am tells Ed, "We're Hunters," playing on the double entendre with full meaning, and they set off to track down the killer. This is a rich story about coming of age, looking below the surface for people you thought you knew well, and learning to walk those mean streets while maintaining integrity. In short it is about where a hard boil [...]

    11. A good story with a somewhat unsatisfactory ending.The main interest for me was a look at Chicago as it was in the late 1940s. Doors aren't locked unless the residents have gone out. A woman can go to the local tavern for a drink and to socialize and walk home at 1 am and it's safe and normal. The only "vibrancy" is provided by Italians and Irish. But you love listening to Jimmy Noone on the clarinet. There's no air conditioning and it's hot in summer, and you go to a rooftop cocktail lounge whe [...]

    12. “The Fabulous Clipjoint” (1947), by Frederic Brown, is a coming-of-age story about Ed Hunter, whose father is murdered in a Chicago alley. Ed, age 18, is living with his stepmom and stepsister. He heads to Wisconsin to see his Uncle Ambrose, who works in a carnival. Ambrose immediately leaves with Ed, determined to find who killed Ed’s father and Ambrose’s brother.The novel moves along at a nice pace. The interaction between Ed and Ambrose is interesting, as are the tactics Ambrose uses [...]

    13. I needed a break from philosophical C. S. Lewis reading so I grabbed something from my go-to escapist genre: mystery/crime from the 1920’s-50’s.There was nothing fancy about this book; no snappy dialogue like Hammett or Chandler and no steadily building dread like Goodis or Woolrich. However, it had a decent plot with some good twists and turns. The story follows 18-year-old Ed Hunter as he and his Uncle Ambrose (a carnie) try to track down his father’s killer in Chicago. The tale features [...]

    14. "A thing can look beautiful or romantic or inspiring only if the beauty or the romance or the inspriration is inside you." Much of the charm of this classic noir murder is that the hero is just 18. Just when I said this book just needs a femme fatale, Michelle Pfeiffer walks in! And it's about as torrid, I suppose, as 1948 would allow.

    15. Very enjoyable! They don't write them that way any more.Despite the fact that there were some real "bad guys" in the book, what I think I liked best was the warmth and naturalness of the characters, characteristics that are all too rare in today's thrillers.It was also fun to step back into 1950!

    16. Young Ed Hunter's dad is murdered in a back alley in the mean streets of 1940's Chicago. The police aren't willing to spend much resources investigating the murder, so Ed teams up with his carney uncle Ambrose to find the killer. Along the way Ed learns that there was more to his father then Ed knew about.The Fabulous Clipjoint is part noir detective story and part coming of age story. Pretty good mystery although I thought the ultimate solution to the mystery was fairly improbable, but then aga [...]

    17. Fredric Brown's first novel as well as his first "Ed and Am" story. A preview of what his subsequent novels would be like. A jewel for Brown readers an acquired taste, possibly, for mystery readers not familiar with him or his work.

    18. Very good pulp novel. Holds together well, no loose ends. Guilty party pretty obvious but not the motive. Writing is weak. Enjoyable quick read. Will read another in series.

    19. soi'm all set to begin another john d macdonald story, the brass cupcake. 1950 i take it, if the pages on-line are accurated i'm looking at the recommendations off to the top right there, push the arrow to make the covers scroll to the lefti see this one, that you cannot make out so i highlight it and it comes up big. the fabulous clipjointtchy titlei scroll through the remainder of those listed toward the end appealed, toobut i return to this one, buy it, 2.99 on the kindle. who can go wrong? d [...]

    20. Though I usually belong to the group of people who have to have physical books in their hands to enjoy them there are a number of authors I likely would not have discovered if it wasn’t for e-Books of any kind. Fredric Brown is one of those. Over the last couple of years I have probably averaged one of his novels a year, yet only actually own a single physical copy of his novels. From what I can tell most of his oeuvre is no longer in print and a good number of his books are freely (and legall [...]

    21. Very good ending with very good characters in a merely ok plot.A boy's father is murdered in an alleyway in Chicago. He teams up with his uncle, a carnival worker, to try to find the killer and along the way finds that his dad may have been mixed up in some serious badness, or may be the victim of a random assault or may have died for something else altogether.This is another excellent Fredric Brown book which launched a series detailing the boy and his uncle's further cases. The characters are [...]

    22. I've heard about Fredric Brown's crime fiction, and after having read a few of his science fiction stories, I thought I'd like to give it a try, since I really prefer that genre to Sci-fi. I read good things about his first novel, The Fabulous Clip Joint, so I picked up the e-book.Wow.This book hits all my buttons. Twisty plot, interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and men wearing hats. This is the kind of stuff I wish I could write! I don't necessarily recognize the specific locations (Chica [...]

    23. This was Fredric Brown's first mystery novel. It was rejected by many publishers, but it won the Edgar award for Best First Mystery Novel when it was finally published.It introduces two very likable characters: Ed, a teenager living in a Chicago slum, and his uncle Am (short for Ambrose). Ed's father is murdered in an alley, and Ed and Am team up to solve the mystery. The book is a bit noir, but the characters have such a lighthearted outlook on life that the book is not at all depressing.

    24. A mystery book from the late forties which won awards for being a great first novel by the author. I read this on the recommendation of a "friend" and thoroughly enjoyed the novel. It's fun to read a book that reminds you of a time when you could buy a beer for ten cents or a suit for forty dollars and I learned that they had walk and don't walk signs that far back. A little dated, but that was much of the charm.

    25. One of my favorite Christmas gifts I have ever received is this big hardback collection of several Ed and Am books, which my mother bought me to replace my terribly beat-up copy of The Fabulous Clipjoint. I have to be honest-- this is another book I haven't read since high school, so I might be over estimating the plot a bit. But the characters? Oh, these characters are golden. Best uncle/nephew team in fiction, period.

    26. More like a 3.5. Takes a little while to build up steam, but once it gets going, it's a good mystery with some interesting characters and intriguing subplots. The subplots are cleverly resolved, but the solution to the central mystery is a little hard to buy. All in all, I enjoyed the book, but it didn't have the spark of a really good read.

    27. An enjoyable light noir/detective novel set in working class Chicago. The details are spot on and the dialogue is good. The mystery doesn't seem to matter as much as the characters. A son meets his uncle after his father's death and they work together to figure out what happened. A little pulpy and sensational when it comes to the step-sister and the femme fatale, but good fun all the same.

    28. EDGAR AWARD WINNER for best first novel for 1946. It is a classic noir comming of age story that sets the stage for several other hard-boiled mysterys featuring the same uncle and nephew detectives. Plot involves the solving of the murder of the boys father. Well written and the only thing preventing a 5 star rating is the slang of the 1940's that flows through the novel.

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