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Never Shake a Family Tree (1961) [Short Story]
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To fill up her time, a lonely widow has been tracking her genealogy. When she places an add in search of information on a previous relation's second wife, she soon receives a call from a gentleman wishing to exchange information.

First published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 1961.
Also appears in:

  • Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery, NY: Galahad Books, 1976
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Tales To Be Read With Caution, ed. Eleanor Sullivan, NY: Dial Press, 1979
  • Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense, ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Garden City: Doubleday, 1988
  • Never Shake a Family Tree, eds. Billie Sue Mosiman and Martin H. Greenberg, Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998
  • A Good Story and Other Stories, Donald E. Wesltlake, Five Star, 1999
  • A Century of Noir, eds. Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, NY: New American Library, 2002

Original title: Never Shake a Family Tree
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (1976) [Anthology]
      Authors: Lawrence Block , Richard Stark , Donald E. Westlake , Patricia Highsmith , Avram Davidson , Henry Slesar , Bill Pronzini , Dan J. Marlowe , Kate Wilhelm , Paul W. Fairman , Gilbert A. Ralston , John Lutz , Helen Nielsen , Edward D. Hoch , Jean Potts , Ron Goulart , Jack Ritchie , Ed McBain , Lawrence Treat , Richard Levinson , William Link , C. B. Gilford , David Ely , Nedra Tyre , James Holding , Donald Honig , Bryce Walton , James Michael Ullman , Charles Wilkinson , Patricia Clark Smith , Borden Deal , Robert Colby , Alfred Hitchcock , E.X. Ferrars , Hillary Waugh , Rufus King , Charles Boeckman , F.J. Kelly , Richard M. Ellis , Wenzell Brown , Charlotte Edwards , Mary Barrett , Paul Tabori , Eleanor Daly Boylan , Holly Roth , Lawrence Page , Carroll Mayers , Margaret Chenoweth
     Alfred Hitchcock's Tales To Be Read With Caution (1979) [Anthology]
      Authors: Lawrence Block , Donald E. Westlake , Henry Slesar , Bill Pronzini , Margaret Maron , Dan J. Marlowe , John Lutz , Helen Nielsen , Edward D. Hoch , Pauline C. Smith , Betty Ren Wright , Edward Wellen , Ron Goulart , Richard Deming , Jack Ritchie , Patricia Matthews , Talmage Powell , Donald Olson , C. B. Gilford , James Holding , Stephen Wasylyk , Borden Deal , Charlotte Edwards , Mary Barrett , Margaret Chenoweth , Frank Sisk , Oscar Schisgall , Clayton Matthews , Arthur Gordon , Jacques Gilles
     Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ruth Rendell , Stephen King , Agatha Christie , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Arthur Conan Doyle , Frederick Forsyth , Dorothy L. Sayers , Mark Twain , Lawrence Block , Dick Francis , Donald E. Westlake , Robert Bloch , Sue Grafton , Ross MacDonald , John D. MacDonald , Bill Pronzini , G. K. Chesterton , Eric Ambler , Linda Barnes , Antonia Fraser , Rex Stout , Edward D. Hoch , John Dickson Carr , Reginald Hill , Robert Barnard , Patricia Moyes , Simon Brett , Michael Gilbert , P.D. James , Stanley Ellin , Julian Symons , Ellery Queen , Erle Stanley Gardner , Cornell Woolrich , Ursula Curtiss , Charlotte Armstrong , Nedra Tyre , Lillian de la Torre
     Never Shake a Family Tree (1998) [Anthology]
      Authors: Mark Twain , Donald E. Westlake , Margaret Maron , Linda Barnes , Edward D. Hoch , Brendan DuBois , Fredric Brown , Ursula Curtiss , Janwillem van de Wetering , S.S. Rafferty , Donald Olson
     Century of Noir, a (2002) [Anthology]
      Authors: Lawrence Block , Donald E. Westlake , Leigh Brackett , James M. Cain , David Goodis , Ross MacDonald , John D. MacDonald , Bill Pronzini , Ed Gorman , Max Allan Collins , Chester Himes , Loren D. Estleman , Sara Paretsky , Marcia Muller , Dorothy B. Hughes , John Lutz , Evan Hunter , Lia Matera , Norbert Davis , Mickey Spillane , Gil Brewer , Fredric Brown , Robert J. Randisi , Stuart M. Kaminsky , Benjamin M. Schutz , John Jakes , Talmage Powell , William Campbell Gault , Carroll John Daly , Stephen Marlowe , William P. McGivern , Richard S. Prather

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