Saxon's Ghost by Steve Fisher
Los Angeles : Sherbourne Press, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. 211 pages ; 21 cm. $4.95 dust jacket unclipped. Previous owner blind stamp on flyleaf. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
BY STEVE FISHER
Joe Saxon, otherwise known as The Great Saxon, is a master magician, performing in an age when most magic acts have become deliberate or unconscious comedy. His circuit has shrunk to ten cities in four months; the rest of the year is spent in his San Francisco apartment, or with assignments as a "ghost breaker!' a professional exposer of psychic frauds.
A confirmed skeptic, Saxon has seen all the illusions, can perform most of them himself, and is convinced that there is no magic, no
Suddenly, into his almost ascetic life, comes Ellen Hayes, Saxon's assistant in his magic act, and as a result, privy to tricks of the trade that are worth $100,000 to J. T. Harris, a wealthy playboy, who is an amateur magician.
After a brief affair with Ellen, Saxon realizes how sorry he is to see her go. Reluctantly, he resumes his ascetic life, but not for very long. Ellen disappears, and Saxon realizes that the $100,000 offer for his "Lida- illusion"—the appearance and disappearance on stage of the "ghost" of his supposed former wife—has Ellen in serious trouble.
Steve Fisher, a master of the mystery craft, has told a unique, spell-binding story, filled with suspense, superb background, a chilling chase, and a bizarre ending that will haunt you long after the book is finished.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steve Fisher began to write at the age of eight, but received no recognition until he was twelve when a Sunday school publication paid him $3.00 for a story.
At sixteen he ran away from a Pasadena military academy and joined the Navy, where during the next four years he published two hundred articles and stories in service publications. At the age of twenty he hitchhiked to New York.
After serving an apprenticeship in those now famous pulp magazines. Black Mask, Adventure, Argosy— his work began appearing in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, This Week, Saturday Evening Post and others.
Since then he has written several novels. Included in his more than thirty motion picture credits are Rogue's Gallery, Lady in the Lake, Tokyo Joe, Susan Slept Here. His writing for both motion pictures and anthology television include Motion Picture Academy, Television Arts and Sciences, and Writer's Guild award nominations.
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