• The Corpse Steps Out

  • The John J. Malone Series, Book 2
  • By: Craig Rice
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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The Corpse Steps Out

By: Craig Rice
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Publisher's Summary

Radio star Nelle Brown is known coast-to-coast for her sweet and sultry voice. But her press agent and manager, Jake Justus, is familiar with another side of the darling of the airwaves: her crackpot marriage to a penniless tycoon, disastrous string of lovers, and propensity for flying into spectacular fits of rage. Now, it appears she’s being burned by an ex-flame who’s holding her scandalous love letters for ransom. The missives could ruin Nelle’s career, but so could the scoundrel’s murder. For Nelle and Jake, reporting the crime is out of the question - not to mention pointless, as the corpse has vanished along with the incriminating evidence.

John J. Malone, Chicago’s rumpled yet resourceful legal beagle, is tasked with finding both. But as every new unscrupulous lead turns up dead, Malone isn’t sure whether Nelle is orchestrating a killer cover-up to save her pretty neck or if she’s about to belt out her own swan song.

©1940 Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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perfectly fine story

nothing great or overly original but a perfectly fine story. narrator was excellent. am glad to recommend for a light, quick read.

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A Classic Series Wonderfully Read

Craig Rice's 1940's series has passed "dated" and become vintage. Or classic. Love the genre of the times or hate it, the lively, intelligently phrased narration sets off the wacky story of the peripatetic corpse, the songbird (of the speakeasy sort), the rich girl, the lovestruck press agent, and above all Malone the Chicago shyster.

I find Johnny Heller's comfortable voice easy to listen to and just Midwestern enough to be comfortable to my Midwestern ears without indulging in some of the more grating regional pronunciations.

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