The Litter of the Law is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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Brown, Rita Mae.

The litter of the law : a Mrs. Murphy mystery / Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown; Illustrated by Michael Gellatly.

pages cm

ISBN 978-0-345-53048-6

eBook ISBN: 978-0-345-53857-4

1. Haristeen, Harry (Fictitious character)—Fiction.

2. Murphy, Mrs. (Fictitious character) —Fiction.

3. Women detectives—Virginia—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3552.R698L58 2013

813’.54—dc23

2013007940

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