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Latimer, Jonathan 1906-1983

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Most widely held works about Jonathan Latimer
 
Most widely held works by Jonathan Latimer
Topper Topper returns( Visual )

5 editions published between 1937 and 2013 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Topper]: A sophisticated and playful couple become ghosts and haunt the life of a stuffy banker. [Topper returns]: Cosmo Topper helps a shapely ghost track down her killer
The big clock by John Farrow( Visual )

14 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and German and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hotshot crime magazine editor George Stroud inadvertently becomes the subject of a murder investigation after spending an evening with his boss' mistress"--Container
Columbo( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Falk stars as a wry and ruffled Lieutenant Columbo who solves L.A.'s most puzzling crimes with his trademark wit and style
The lady in the morgue by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

53 editions published between 1936 and 2002 in 9 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vanished corpse leads a hard-drinking PI on a madcap chase More than forty corpses fill the cold Chicago basement, but no crime has been committed here. After all, there are supposed to be bodies in the city morgue. Tonight, one is attracting particular attention: a beautiful young woman whose apparent suicide captured the imagination of every newspaper editor in town. Learning how and why she died is too great a task for any cub reporter. Only Detective Bill Crane is up to the job. A few minutes after Crane wakes from a nap in the morgue, the mysterious woman & rsquo;s body has disappeared. With the howls of the mental patients as a soundtrack, Crane leads the police on a wild search through the hospital and across Chicago, stopping for a nap or a cocktail whenever the situation demands. It may be a matter of life and death, but that is no reason to rush
Dashiell Hammett's The glass key by Stuart Heisler( Visual )

28 editions published between 1942 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During a campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associates with the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph's son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul's sister Opal, is murdered, Paul's right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor
Headed for a hearse by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

34 editions published between 1935 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just days from meeting the reaper, a convicted murderer hires Chicago & rsquo;s most hard-boiled PI to save his neck & mdash;before the executioner can claim it Robert Westland & rsquo;s death is just around the corner when he finally decides to fight the murder rap that & rsquo;s sending him to the electric chair. Fingered for his wife & rsquo;s grisly demise, Westland is in a bind, and his last hope is Bill Crane, a booze-soaked detective who & rsquo;s as ruthless with a quip as he is when trawling the streets for Chicago & rsquo;s most brutal criminal element. Crane & rsquo;s got just a few days to suss out the real killer & mdash;someone clever enough to off Westland & rsquo;s wife and lock her in a room whose only key belongs to Westland himself. Fueled by an abundance of liquor and a habit of bad manners, Crane sets his sights on a cast of oddball characters among whom hides a murderer. But in 1930s Chicago, everyone & rsquo;s got a secret, and the pressure is on for Crane to separate the dangerous from the truly homicidal before it & rsquo;s too late
Plunder of the sun( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American insurance investigator Al Colby is hired to smuggle a package out of Havana and into Oaxaca, Mexico. When the man who hired him is murdered aboard ship, Colby decides to find out what he is carrying and why it is worth killing for
The dead don't care by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

29 editions published between 1938 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sun-soaked Florida, Crane pursues a kidnapper in between drinks It does not take much to lure Bill Crane to Florida in the wintertime. The weather would be temptation enough, but the fact that there is money to be made and gin to be drunk makes a trip to Key Largo irresistible. His ever-soused companion, Doc Williams, at his side, Crane sets out south to find out who has been threatening millionaire playboy Penn Essex with blackmail notes, first on his pillow, then in his wallet, demanding $50,000 & mdash; & ldquo;or else. & rdquo; But as Crane soon learns, the threat is not to Penn, but to his sister. When beautiful young Camelia is kidnapped, Crane and Doc look for traitors inside the family circle. Lurching from cocktail hour to cocktail hour, they will do everything they can to find the missing girl, knowing that murderers & mdash;and hangovers & mdash;could strike at any moment
Copper Canyon( Visual )

5 editions published between 1950 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early days after the Civil War, Johnny, a vaudeville sharpshooter, tries to outrun his past as a hero in the Confederate Army. But when some ex-Confederate miners need protection from Unionists and corrupt lawmen who run Copper Canyon, Johnny decides to fight for justice. Along the way he wins the heart of a local beauty
Topper returns by Roy Del Ruth( Visual )

18 editions published between 1941 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third in the Topper comedy-mystery series, Cosmo Topper is besieged by a wisecracking ghost who demands that he help her find her killer. She was murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend Ann Carrington, the intended victim. Despite protestations from his wife, Clara, Topper and Gail set out to find her killer and keep Ann from a similar fate. Carrington Hall is a magnificent old haunted house, complete with a cloaked villain who comes and goes through walls. Falling chandeliers, secret passages, and a trap door with a chute that leads to an underground tunnel add to the mystery. The cast of characters includes a malevolent butler, a straightlaced housekeeper, and a frightfully playful seal. Rochester, Topper's eternally frightened chauffeur, at one point threatens to quit and go back to Jack Benny! But will the murderer be revealed from among the house servants, guests, and family?
Sinners and shrouds by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

15 editions published between 1955 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reporter becomes his own story when he wakes up next to a corpse Sam Clay wakes with a dry mouth, a hammering headache, and only the faintest memory of what he did the night before. He remembers dancing, jazz, taxi rides, and a brandy-fueled ride on a roller coaster, but he has no idea how he got home, and he is lost as to the identity of the straw-haired beauty beside him. He is just about to introduce himself when he notices the blood on the sheets, the wounds on her chest, and the ice-cold pallor of her skin. His bedmate is dead. Clay is a newspaperman, and sharp enough to know that he is being framed. But by whom? Clay will have to stay two steps ahead of the cops to track down this story, which will lead him either to the scoop of a lifetime or to a long nap in a cold grave
Black is the fashion for dying by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

11 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in French and English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Hollywood, a screenwriter gets involved in an impossible murder In a steamy tropical jungle, a sinister American woman pushes the natives too far and gets exactly what she deserves: a rusty knife buried deep in her back. At least, that is the way the movie is supposed to end. But when the loathsome starlet Caresse Garnet learns her character is about to be killed off, she refuses to die, forcing the studio to rewrite the ending the night before the scenes are to be shot. While hammering out a happy ending for Hollywood's most reviled actress, screenwriter Richard Blake discovers a naked blonde in his driveway, sitting in a parked car and sucking down exhaust. She is the first clue in an unfathomable Hollywood mystery that will teach Caresse Garnet that though she may get to dictate when her characters die, in real life, it is not up to her
Solomon's vinyard by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

23 editions published between 1941 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First written in 1941 but banned from publication in the U.S. until 1988, this hard-boiled mystery covers such unsavory but potent topics as grave-robbing, religious cults, kinky sex, and whorehouse violence. In this classic noir novel, a private eye from St. Louis arrives at the small town of Paulton to protect his wealthy client's daughter from a suspicious religious cult. Throughout the span of the case, he confronts Paulton's mob boss, avenges his partner's death, and falls for a classic femme fatale named Princess
Murder in the madhouse by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

19 editions published between 1935 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To catch a thief, a detective has himself committed to a high-class asylum The orderlies do not need a straitjacket for Bill Crane. He is not violent, although he does have a bad habit of making embarrassing deductions about the doctors. This sarcastic, hard-drinking man has deluded himself into thinking he is Edgar Allan Poe & rsquo;s great detective, C. Auguste Dupin. For this, he has been put away in a stately mental hospital on the Hudson. But Crane is not as delusional as he appears. Though he may not be Dupin, he certainly is a detective & mdash;one of the greatest, and occasionally drunkest, of them all. Sent undercover to investigate the theft of an inmate & rsquo;s fortune, Crane finds the institution not as comfortable as he had hoped. When his fellow patients start dying, he must solve the murders, or risk losing his sanity after all
Red gardenias by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

11 editions published between 1939 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for my great-uncle's head by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

4 editions published between 1937 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One stormy night, Peter Coffin arrives at the isolated country house in Michigan belonging to his Great Uncle Tobias. The butler is reluctant to admit Peter, even though his uncle had summoned him there. Later the house-keeper finds Uncle Tobias' headless body at his desk in the library
The unchained goddess( Visual )

6 editions published between 1958 and 1992 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses live action, animation, and documentary film excerpts to tell the story of weather, explaining what it is, what causes it, and what scientists are doing to predict and control it. Includes scenes of hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning
Dark memory by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

8 editions published between 1940 and 2014 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a mad mission in the African jungle, a photographer loses his way Lew Cable is an impulsive man, lazy and violent, especially when he has been drinking. He is a rotten choice to lead a scientific expedition, but his wife & rsquo;s money convinces the exploration committee that he is the man for the job. Jay Nichols sees right through Cable & rsquo;s bravado, but for the chance to photograph African gorillas in their natural habitat, he is more than willing to sacrifice his pride. If he is not careful, he will give up much more than that. After accidentally killing a female gorilla, Nichols is beset with shame and grief. His judgment impaired, he makes the mistake of venturing into the jungle alone with the trip leader & rsquo;s wife. When they get lost, Nichols quickly finds that an angry husband is far more dangerous than any beast the jungle has to offer
The fifth grave by Jonathan Latimer( Book )

6 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in English and Finnish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The job was supposed to be simple, but in this shady midwestern town, nothing is as it seems Hard-living private detective Karl Craven didn & rsquo;t ask for trouble when he arrived in Paulton, Missouri & mdash;but trouble found him anyway. First it was his partner, Oke Johnson, shot in the head by a silenced rifle. Then it was the femme fatale Ginger Bolton, who took him for a wild ride his first night in town. But it & rsquo;s Penelope Grayson & mdash;the sultry blonde whose uncle hired Craven to shake her loose from a local cult & mdash;who takes the prize. Penelope calls herself a Daughter of Solomon, a member of a group mixed up in everything from viticulture to gambling and prostitution. As Craven gets closer to the cult, he realizes that it isn & rsquo;t the town & rsquo;s only danger. To solve the case of Oke & rsquo;s murder and free Penelope from the grasp of Solomon, Craven must also tangle with a crooked police chief, a treacherous lawyer, and a ruthless gangster & mdash;all primed to bring him down unless he can outwit them first
They won't believe me (1947) shooting script by Jonathan Latimer( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Jonathan Latimer American writer

Jonathan Latimer Amerikaans journalist (1906-1983)

Jonathan Latimer auteur de romans policiers, scénariste

Jonathan Latimer giornalista, scrittore e sceneggiatore statunitense

Jonathan Latimer US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Drehbuchautor

Джонатан Латимер

라티머, 조너슨 1906-1983

래티머, 조나단 1906-1983

래티머, 조너선 1906-1983

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ラティマー, ジョナサン

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The lady in the morgueDashiell Hammett's The glass keyHeaded for a hearseTopper returnsSolomon's vinyardMurder in the madhouseRed gardeniasThe search for my great-uncle's head