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Introducing Leland Hale, who will steal your heart - and all your money! 

Fraud, larceny, and murder are all in a day's work for this master interstellar confidence man. Leland thought the universe owed him a living - and he was collecting on the installment plan! He is about to descend on the planet Cardigan's Green with a planetary scam designed to make him rich at the population's expense. What this scoundrel doesn't know is that he is about to become a savior! And if he survives this misadventure, he has two more brilliant schemes in mind. 

Hugo nominee and Sidewise Alternate History Award winner Randall Garrett was the major science fiction humorist of the 1950s. And he was at the top of his form when he penned the Leland Hale saga. For the first time ever, here are all three Leland Hale capers in one volume. 

Randall Garrett (1927-1987) worked as an industrial chemist before turning his hand to science fiction, a happy decision for everyone, as it turned out. During the 1950s and '60s he was a stalwart of the US science fiction magazines, producing well over a hundred short stories and novelettes and writing for virtually every SF title on the stands, but primarily for Astounding (now Analog). A noted humorist, famed for his delightful Lord Darcy series, even Garrett's most serious works (Anything You Can Do, for example) contain comic or satirical undertones. He was one of the first writers to appreciate the importance of conventions and an ingratiating personality in building a strong reader following. 

These stories, which have never been reprinted since their one and only appearance on cheap pulpwood paper, ensure that audiences will remember his work at least a little longer. They will have an opportunity to encounter that sly sense of humor, those brilliant mystery and detective problems, and that almost unmatched ability to work complex scientific principles into exciting stories.

©2011 Jean Marie Stine (P)2018 Jean Marie Stine

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OLDIE BUT A GOODIE - FUN READ!

This was awesome! Such a fun and entertaining listen, I really enjoyed it!! Old-school zany crazy fun, and the narrator was awesome. From one caper to the next, I will probably listen to it again at some point, and I'd recommend it for all lovers of old-school mystery fun. Great job! :)
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Entertaining and fun

I really enjoyed this humorous collection of stories about the antics of the interstellar conman, Leland Hale. I love how he outsmarts his marks and seems able to achieve the impossible. The narration was excellent, bringing the characters to life and helping to flow the various stories together. It’s a fun entertaining audiobook

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Really good classic sci-fi from the Golden Age

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This book was a collection of short stories. Each story concerned exploits of Leland Hale and his antics as he traveled across the galaxy and used his cunning to con people out of things.

The stories were well done and had enough humor to keep you listening just to see what he would do next.

It was refreshing to listen to stories from an age when wordsmiths were king and people did not expect the sophistication demanded in some of today's books. I enjoyed the stories a great deal.

The narration was well done and very understandable.