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The Nine Mile Walk - Harry Kemelman
1968 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hutchinson, London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dust wrapper
Book shows no names, inscriptions etc, tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The dustwrapper shows shelf rubbing to edges and spine creases
A Rabbi David Small mystery
An important Queen's Quorum title
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Brief Biography
KEMELMAN, Harry. American. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 24 November 1908. Educated at Boston Latin School, 1920-26; Boston University, A.B. 1930; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. M.A. 1931, further study 1932-33. Married Anne Kessin in 1936; two daughters and one son. Teacher in Boston high schools. 1935-41, and Monter Hall School, Cambridge, 1936-40; Northeastern University Evening Division, 1938-41; Chief Wage Administrator, United States Army Transportation Corps, Boston, 1942-46; Chief Job Analyst and Wage Administrator, War Assets Administration, New England Division, 1948-49; free-lance writer and private businessman, 1949-63; Assistant Professor of English, Franklin Technical Institute, Boston. 1963, and Boston State College, in the 1960's. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1964

Harry Kemelman - The Characters
Rabbi Small
An unlikely but effective detective is David Small, the young rabbi of the suburban Massachusetts town of Barnard's Crossing. He has almost as much trouble with his congregation as he does with murderers. He is regarded as too honest, too absent-minded, and lacking in some of the social niceties. However, behind that surface appearance is a sharp deductive mind honed by the hair-splitting rigors of the Talmudic method. In his very first case, he is suspected of the murder but, not only does he prove himself innocent, he becomes a friend of Barnard's Crossing's Chief of Police, Hugh Lanigan. The two friends often discuss religion over a cup of tea. Rabbi Small's involvements in crime do not keep him from being a devoted husband to his wife, Miriam, and a loving father to Jonathan.

Nicky Welt
Nicky Welt, born around the turn of the century, is a white-haired professor with a gnome-like face. He teaches English Language and Literature at a New England college and his interests and manner reflect his academic surroundings. He solves mysteries as would a professor lecturing not-too-bright college freshmen. His "pupil" (and chronicler of his cases) is the District Attorney of Suffolk County,- Massachusetts. They play chess every Friday night, and the District Attorney frequently concludes the evening in possession of the solution to a mystery he had described before the game began.

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