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EPUB ´ The Missing Man Ü A police procedural in which Chief Fred Fellows solves the murder of a young woman by slowly fitting together the bits and pieces of evidence until he identifies the killer, a man who still proves elusive This is the fascinating story of a successful con man, a beautiful corpse, and a murder that almost went unpunished.In traditional mysteries, crimes are solved by brilliant private or amateur detectives and police officers are corrupt, buffoonish, or both Police work is a necessary evil, but far too boring to sell books, right Starting in 1949, Hillary Waugh turned that idea on it s head with a series of crime novels set in small Connecticut towns His heroes are small town police chiefs who This is the fascinating story of a successful con man, a beautiful corpse, and a murder that almost went unpunished.In traditional mysteries, crimes are solved by brilliant private or amateur detectives and police officers are corrupt, buffoonish, or both Police work is a necessary evil, but far too boring to sell books, right Starting in 1949, Hillary Waugh turned that idea on it s head with a series of crime novels set in small Connecticut towns His heroes are small town police chiefs who solve crimes, not with strokes of brilliance, but with relentless attention to detail.Waugh liked and admired cops and spent a great deal of time studying them He saw himself in the role of a reporter who chronicled the reality of police work in a fictionalized form His cops shift evidence, conduct interviews, and follow up leads They have an edge in their intimate knowledge of their town and its people and they have the intuitive understanding of human psychology that doesn t come from a book, but from experience Slowly and steadily, they chip away at extraneous material until they arrive at the truth It may be routine, but it s never boring to read about.Waugh s most frequently recurring character and my favorite is Chief Fred Fellows of Stockton Both Fellows and Waugh were family men and the author gave his son s name Larry to Fellow s oldest son I think Waugh put a lot of himself into Fred Fellows and perhaps that s what makes him such a successful character.In this book, Fellows is faced with a cop s worst nightmare a murder with seemingly no clues The beautiful young woman who is found strangled beside a lake is a stranger in town and both her name and her background story prove to be false And no one was seen with her before her death Using a few insignificant clues from her possessions, the Stockton Police Department follows one lead after another to dead ends until one finally pays off Instead of being bored, the reader shares Fellow s frustration and his elation when something DOES pan out The moment when he realizes that he finally has a particularly cold blooded murderer in his grasp is one of the most satisfying things I ve read And the perp isn t just a successful murderer, but one of the slickest con artists you ll ever meet.It s a crime that Waugh s books aren t available on Kindle, but Harper Row published this one and LAST SEEN WEARING as Perennial Library paperbacks and you can easily find good used copies for a few dollars Believe me, if you love a good mystery, it s well worth the effort I found this book on a list of 50 classics of crime fiction 1950 1975 I found a copy at the library certainly the book looked like it had passed through many hands This was a well contructed story of a police investigation into a murder back in the days before DNA and other forensic aids Besides the obvious police work and mounting clues, the story reflected the times and culture of 50 years ago, so it was interesting also in that respect. A good read written in ainnocent time I will definitely look forbooks by this author It is enjoyable to read a mystery where sex is referred to, but every detail doesn t have to be spelled out.