VIEW OF A VICTIM: A Classic Pulp Mystery by F. L. Wallace

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Norm Hazard, L.A. private detective, offered his services for money on the line. But he had enough civic pride to resent the freeway that was about to plow into the neighborhood park—and the fact that the senior citizens who used the park every day, many of them homeless, were being murdered by an unknown killer. Particularly since he had to round up a missing family member now believed to be inhabiting skid row, and who was one of the park's many checker players—and his client wanted the man delivered alive before anything fatal could happen to him!

While the body count of homeless seniors continued to mount, Los Angeles' Finest weren't giving the murders a very high priority and seemed to have more important fish to fry. But Norm Hazard had his own ideas about who counted and who didn't, and he was convinced that somewhere there was a connection between the murders being committed in the park and missing relative he was looking for. If he cleared up one, Hazard was certain he would be clearing up the other.

Hazard was certain the solution would require keeping an eye on the park. And since his office overlooked the park and he owned a set of binoculars, Hazard knew he was just the man for the job. The first thing he noticed was a beautiful young socialite dressed to the nines, who looked like she had walked out of a Beverly Hills salon, but who came downtown to walk her dog in the park every day.

She stuck out like a sore thumb among the elderly, down-on-their-luck inhabitants of the park, and Hazard was sure that if he could get a line on her, he would be a lot closer to unraveling the mysteries piling up before his eyes. What he didn't know was that she would lead him down a bullet-riddled path that would nearly cost him his client, his paycheck and his life. ...For Norm Hazard would end up playing Blind Man's Bluff with a killer.

(Previously published as Three Times a Victim)

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