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Crang Mysteries 6-Book Bundle

Crang Plays the Ace / Straight No Chaser / Riviera Blues / and 3 more

by (author) Jack Batten

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
Hard-Boiled, Traditional British, Private Investigators
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    Publish Date
    May 2017
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The smart-talking, wise-cracking, jazz-loving criminal lawyer has got a taste for straight vodka and a nose for trouble. No one could ever accuse Crang of being a superhero, but with his usual mixture of innate cool and naive enthusiasm he brings the villains to justice.

This 6-book bundle includes:
Crang Plays the Ace Crang Mystery #1
Straight No Chaser Crang Mystery #2
Riviera Blues Crang Mystery #3
Blood Count Crang Mystery #4
Take Five Crang Mystery #5
Keeper of the Flame Crang Mystery #6

“Like a fine wine, the [Crang] series — and its protagonist — have aged well.” The Toronto Star

About the author

Jack Batten practised law in Toronto for four years before turning to a life of writing. He has written for all the major Canadian magazines and is the author of thirty-three books including four crime novels. Five of his nonfiction books dealt with real-life Canadian lawyers, judges, and court cases; a biography of John Robinette was among these books. Batten's books have also dealt with sports, Canadian history, and biography. He has reviewed jazz for The Globe and Mail, movies for CBC radio, and still writes a column on crime fiction for the Toronto Star. His biography of Tom Longboat won the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for best children's nonfiction in 2002, and the book is being made into a feature film. His most recent book is The Annex: The Story of a Toronto Neighbourhood, published in 2004.

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Editorial Reviews

Legal-thriller fans who haven’t discovered the Crang series are in for a treat.


Like a fine wine, the [Crang] series — and its protagonist — have aged well.

Toronto Star

Not to be missed.

Globe and Mail

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