Title: Of Missing Persons
Author: David Goodis
Imprint & Number: Pocket 833
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1951
Cover artist: Ray App
From the back cover:
Terrified, Ballard stared at the woman on the ledge. He had to save her. He had to say the right thing. A weird sound came from the crowd in the street. She was ready to leap!
As head of the Missing Persons Bureau of a great city, Paul Ballard was in the worst trouble of his life. He had closed the file on Myra Nichols’s lost husband. Mrs. Nichols claimed that Ballard had buried the case. Now she threatened suicide. Ballard knew that if she jumped, his department would be rocked by scandal. But what he didn’t know was that if he saved her, she would be marked for a different and more horrible death… a murder so sensational that it would have the public screaming for Ballard’s blood!
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