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Jack Batten's Crang Mysteries 3-Book Bundle

Crang Plays the Ace / Straight No Chaser / Take Five

by (author) Jack Batten

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
Private Investigators, General, Hard-Boiled
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2013
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This special three-book bundle contains all three novel’s in Jack Batten’s Crang series. Acclaimed Jack Batten is one of Canada’s foremost crime fiction experts, and it shows in this entertaining and relentlessly witty series about the exploits of a hard-living, vodka- and jazz-loving criminal lawyer who deals with both the lives of the rich and the down-and-out on the streets and in the mansions of Canada’s largest city.


  • Crang Plays the Ace
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Take Five

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

"Batten seemed to come into the world (...) with the sort of prose style that everyone else spends years developing."

- Toronto Star

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