There is another world, but it is in this one.

Paul Eluard. Œuvres complètes, vol. 1, Gallimard, 1968.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Twisted fingers: The Tragedy of X by Ellery Queen

The Tragedy of X: The First Drury Lane Mystery (Ellery Queen Mysteries, 1932)
By Ellery Queen

This was a firat-rate Golden Age detective
novel. It was also a fine experiment in the Conan Doyle tradition: three men commit a crime and make their millions in the semi-colonial world. More than a decade later, the ramifications of their crime come home with a vengeance.

Amateur detective and acting grandee Drury Lane aids the authorities here. The police and district attorney are glad of his help, and there is none of the cardboard melodrama of the cops hating his "interference."

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