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Originally published in paperback (left) by Bantam Books, 1987. Ebook edition (right) published by Maron & Company, 2011.

Book Description

An inexplicable blast shatters a sedate cribbage tournament in a luxury hotel. Two competitors are killed and Sigrid's partner is seriously injured. One man was pegged for sudden death in this elimination tournament—but who was the right jack? The college professor with the radical past or the millionaire banker? A beautiful naval officer or Sgt. Tildon?

With the help of an irrepressible Navy lieutenant, Sigrid uses her newly found introduction to cosmetics to unmask a devilishly clever murderer. And along the way, artist Oscar Nauman manages to thaw her ice . . . just a bit.


Critical Praise for The Right Jack

“Sigrid Harald is smart, efficient, and sympathetic.”  (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine)

“Highly original tale, delicately plotted and painstakingly executed.”  (The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC



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