Bad For Business – A Tecumseh Fox Mystery
A PYRAMID BOOK – published by arrangement with the author
PRINTING HISTORY – Farrar & Rinehart edition published 1940
Pyramid edition published September 1965
Copyright, 1940, 1968 by Rex Stout
Rear Cover Text:
Poison in the Pate
Someone was doctoring cans of Tingley’s Tidbits right in the factory. The doses weren’t lethal to the customers – but they would be to Tingley’s reputation if the sabotage didn’t stop. It looked like a case of cutthroat competition when private detective Tecumseh Fox took on the job -
- and then a throat was really cut!
With his own client the prime suspect, Fox hunts a killer through a maze of murder, scandal and blackmail.
“An exciting bout of deduction with one of Nero Wolfe’s closest rivals on the job. What more could you ask?” – Will Cuppy, The New York Herold Tribune
Cover Design: Lembit Rauk
Cover Illustration: Len Goldberg
Inside Cover Text:
The Defective Detective
- that’s what private investigator Amy Duncan felt like after she’d botched a romance… bungled her first important assignment… and been fired in disgrace.
Then Amy found a body – and also found herself neatly framed for murder. And the one man who could save her was the rival detective who’d helper land her in the mess…
… Tecumseh Fox.
Bad For Business – Tecumseh Fox
A Bantam Book Printed June 1982 – 1st printing
IN THE RED
Ann Duncan was a beautiful working girl who had a strong attachment to her job, an affection for her boss, and a frightening way of attracting trouble. Private investigator Tecumsch Fox met her when she literally walked into the bumper of his car. She promptly sped him off into the most puzzling case of Fox’s brilliant career. It all involved her family’s food enterprise called Tingley’s Tidbits. The firm was in an uproar because their appetizers were suddenly very unappetizing. This, of course, was bad for business. Profits dropped, but it was murder that kept them in the red.
BAD FOR BUSINESS
The agony was so dull that it was not agony. For some moments Amy was still not in any real sense a live creature, but mearly an incoherent and distant buzz of nerve impulses. Then something happened; namely, her eyes opened; but she hadn’t quite reached the level of knowing it. Soon, though, she did; she groaned adn made a mighty effort to lift herself with her arm as a lever; but her hand slipped and she was flat again just as enough consciousness returned for her to know that what her hand had slipped in was a pool of blood, and the object there on the floor an arm’s length away was the face and throat of Uncle Arthur…
A Tecumseh Fox mystery.
This is one Rex wrote or at least was published in 1940. He also used the same basic story line in a Nero Wolfe mystery named The Bitter End which was first published in the November 1940 issue of The American Magazine, later in a limited edition volume by the name of Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe, and then after he had died, in Death Times Three in 1985.
This cover is a second printing Pyramid edition printed in April of 1968.