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Murder Most Postal (2001) [Anthology]
by Agent No. 5 Agent No. 6 Lawrence Block Simon Brett Matthew Costello August Derleth Gordon R. Dickson Joyce Harrington Morris Hershman Joan Hess Evan Hunter Kate Kingsbury John Lutz Barry N. Malzberg Richard Christian Matheson Ralph McInerny William F. Nolan Edgar Allan Poe Ellery Queen Arthur B. Reeve Henry Slesar Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Murder Most

Summary (From the publisher):

Ever since the first caveman sketched out the bison hunts on the wall of the Lascaux caves 16,000 years ago, mankind has found a way to communicate. For centuries the letter was the primary form of communication across any distance. Kings, popes, lords, heads of state, scholars, authors - all used pen and paper to plot against one another, gossip, woo and win each other's hearts, and play intricate games of intrigue.

In the 21 stories in Murder Most Postal, all by masters of the mystery genre, the mail takes center stage. Edgar Allan Poe is here with his classic detective tale of a letter gone astray and the cunning way in which it is retrieved. Lawrence Block tells of the correspondence between a death-row inmate and the borther of the woman he killed, and of the deadly consequences for both. Ellery Queen investigates puzzling philatelic theft. And Matt Costello writes of letters in cyberspace, as a man pours out his heart to a stranger in a chat room in the last messages he will ever write.


  • Like a Bone In the Throat by Lawrence Block
  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
  • An Act of Violence by William F. Nolan
  • The Corbett Correspondence by "Agent No. 5 and Agent No. 6"
  • Agony Column by Barry N. Malzberg
  • Graduation by Richard Christian Matheson
  • Someone Who Understands Me by Matthew Costello
  • Letter to the Editor by Morris Hershman
  • The Coveted Correspondence by Ralph McInerny
  • A Nice Cup of Tea by Kate Kingsbury
  • Letter to His Son by Simon Brett
  • The Poisoned Pen by Arthur B. Reeve
  • A Literary Death by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Adventure of the Penny Magenta by August Derleth
  • Letter From A Very Worried Man by Henry Slesar
  • Pure Rotten by John Lutz
  • Computers Don't Argue by George R. Dickson
  • A Letter To Amy by Joyce Harrington
  • The Adventure of the One Penny Black by Ellery Queen
  • Make Yourselves at Home by Joan Hess
  • Deadlier Than the Mail by Evan Hunter

Original title: Murder Most Postal: Homicidal Tales That Deliver a Message
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper

The following works are contained within this one:
     Purloined Letter, the (1844) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Agony Column (1971) [Short Story]
      Author: Barry N. Malzberg
     Pure Rotten (1977) [Short Story]
      Author: John Lutz
     Act of Violence, an (1995) [Short Story]
      Author: William F. Nolan

Edition #1: Murder Most Postal

Murder Most Postal (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Martin H. Greenberg
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Manifested in:

Murder Most Postal (July 1, 2001)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Gramercy
ISBN: 0517221586
Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.7 x 1.0
Pages: 320

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