EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man]

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The Hollow Man

review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read The Hollow Man review Ô 103 Skepticism The stranger asserted that he had risen from his own coffin and that four walls meant nothing to him He added 'My brother can do he wants your life and will call on you' The b Clever locked room mystery Carr s style when writing Dr Fell is a bit didatic and may turn off some readers but I loved the somewhat lengthy exposition Fell gives about the various types of so called locked room mysteries As he says himself When the cry of This sort of thing wouldn t happen goes up when you complain about half faced fiends and hooded phantoms and blond hypnotic sirens you are merely saying I don t like this sort of story That s fair enough If you do not like it you are howlingly right to say so But when you twist this matter of taste into a rule for judging the merit or even the probability of the story you are merely saying This series of events couldn t happen because I shouldn t enjoy it if it did As I was starting this book I realized that I had read a few other Gideon Fell mysteries before and that Fell wasn t as much fun as Gervase Fen In other words I do not much like Carr s mysteries or perhaps just not his writing style However this seemingly insoluble improbable locked room mystery in which the murderer didn t even leave footprints in the snow was extremely clever I thought I had suspected everyone in turn but not once did I come close to the true culprit Carr plays fair with the reader there are no hidden facts brought out only during the solution In fact he tells you in the first chapter the names of certain witnesses whose testimony can be relied on to be truthful and complete Yet despite this broad hint and Fell uttering cryptic clues periodically I only deciphered one small aspect of the crime In addition Gideon Fell did make me chuckle several times with his pronouncements such as when he gives rules about what ghosts should be like in English fiction they should be seen in old abbeys or cemeteries not lemonade stands I also liked his mention of several other mystery novels and authors who excelled at certain types of mysteries during his discourse mentioned aboveOverall I would recommend this as an excellent example of a certain style of mystery the locked room which is no longer fashionable

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review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read The Hollow Man review Ô 103 Professor Charles Grimaud was explaining to some friends the natural causes behind an ancient superstition about men leaving their coffins when a stranger entered and challenged Grimaud's WhewI feel like I ve just been 15 rounds with Gary KasparovNow I should preface my remarks by saying this is the first John Dickson Carr novel that I have read so I didn t really know what to expectFinding that he was born in Uniontown PA in 1906 I kinda thought I was in for some slick 1930s gumshoe action and I couldn t have been wrongSet in a dark and snowy London seemingly bereft of traffic the scene is Dickensian and the characters led by the unfathomable Dr Gideon Fell positively HolmesianNo problem I enjoy that kind of thing And a rather ghoulish opening had me further intrigued especially when a murderous prophecy uickly comes to passHenceforth however I found myself gradually becoming bogged down by a painstaking investigation in which the good guys and there seemed to be two Watsons continually debate their findings and relentlessly test one hypothesis after another and another and anotherIndeed the novel reaches a curious self referencing climax when three uarters through this exchange takes place But if you re going to analyse impossible situations interrupted Pettis why discuss detective fiction Because said the doctor frankly we re in a detective story and we don t fool the reader by pretending we re not I m used to the likes of Captain Hastings speaking from his journal but this was a whole new take on the omniscient narrator Incidentally the good doctor then proceeds to relate all possible whodunit plots ever known to or imagined by humankindIt was with a sigh of relief that I realised the denouement was eventually upon me But a sting in the tail It lasted for 27 pages almost one seventh of the entire bookSuffice to say not only did I become lost in the maze of the main puzzle but I was disoriented for a second time in the repriseShould I blame the author for demanding too much of my little grey cells or remind myself that I never could think than one move ahead at chess

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review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read The Hollow Man review Ô 103 Rother came during a snowstorm walked through the locked front door shot Grimaud and vanished The tragedy brought Dr Gideon Fell into the bizarre mystery of a killer who left no footprint You know pretty much immediately that this is not going to be your average mystery story A group of friends who meet regularly to discuss odd diverse supernatural topics such as ghosts ghost stories are interrupted by a strange man by the name of Pierre Fley who addresses himself to one of the group a Dr Charles Grimaud The stranger discusses a story about three coffins and then tells Grimaud that either Fley or his brother would be calling upon him soon It is not long afterwards that Grimaud is found dead in his study on the top floor of the house with the one door locked the windows too high for an exit and absolutely no footprints in the snow outside the house But the kicker is that someone came to the door was let in addressed two of the people in the house and was seen climbing the stairs and entering the study Sohow did it happen Dr Gideon Fell is called in and his investigation makes for one of the best locked room mysteries I ve ever read It starts off running and does not let up Most excellent a fine challenge to my overtired brain in trying to figure out how the heck this was doneI will caution you however that if you are planning to read any of the following books Fell in a very fine discourse upon the subject of crimes in hermetically sealed rooms tells how various authors plotted some well known locked room mysteries The books are along with some short stories that I won t mention here and do read them first before reading this one or they will probably be a disappointmentMystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston LerouxInitials Only by Anna Katherine GreenThe Forty Faces by Thomas and Mary HanshewThe Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery ueenThe Big Bow Mystery by Israel ZangwillI think that fans of modern mystery novels may find Fell and his explanations a bit tedious in places but if you like these old golden age of mystery classics then this is probably among the best Definitely not for cozy readers Overall uite ingenious well written and well worth the sometimes slog through the five books before this one in the series I would probably put this as a must have for serious mystery readers


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  1. says: EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read read & download The Hollow Man

    read & download The Hollow Man EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr Even though I was having eye problems last night I stupidly stayed up to finish this book It was so good So many twists and turns and a perfect locked room murder mystery It reminded me a bit of The Tokyo Zodiac Murders as well as The Murder at the Vicarage that you have something that is supposedly impossible be

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    review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] Locked room mysteries are just really magic tricks This book cleverly and overtly acknowledges this fact The beauty of the book lies in misdirection; it lies in presenting all the facts but conning the reader into following the wrong ones; it lies in creating a design which produces gasps of amazement and then nods of satisfaction All mystery stories do that obviously but this is a howdunnit wrapped up with a whodunit and so play

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr WhewI feel like I’ve just been 15 rounds with Gary KasparovNow I should preface my remarks by saying this is the first John Dickson Carr novel that I have read – so I didn’t really know what to expectFinding that he was born in Uniontown PA in 1906 I kinda thought I was in for some slick 1930s gumshoe action – and I couldn’t have been wrongSet in a dark and snowy London seemingly bereft of traffic the scene is

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr I am gobsmacked by this bookI don't know where I picked up the notion that Carr wrote noir but I cracked this book open expecting dames and hardboiled hard drinking private dicks and speakeasies It's hard to imagine how I could've

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] A classic whodunnit and locked room mystery story with a special chapter 17 that could be re read freuently explaining the essence of murder mystery fictions

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    read & download The Hollow Man EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr Clever locked room mystery Carr's style when writing Dr Fell is a bit didatic and may turn off some readers but I loved the somewhat lengthy exposition Fell gives about the various types of so called locked room mysteries As he says himself    When the cry of 'This sort of thing wouldn't happen' goes up when you complain about ha

  7. says: EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read

    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] Haven't read the author before and stumbled across this novel on The Guardian 1000 books to read list This was a relatively complicated locked room mystery There's not one but two murders to be solved by Superintendent Hadley and the very clever Dr Gideon Fell For this reader the highlight of the novel was Dr Fell's dissertation on murder Enjoyed the vintage atmosphere and the characters on offer but an overly wordy mystery

  8. says: EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read

    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read You know pretty much immediately that this is not going to be your average mystery story A group of friends who meet regularly to discuss odd diverse supernatural topics such as ghosts ghost stories are interrupt

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    review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø John Dickson Carr John Dickson Carr Ø 3 read EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] I picked The Three Coffins aka Hollow Man up when after I started reading the Poirot mysteries Adam mentioned the term Locked Room Mysteries Having not read many classic mysteries before I was ignorant of the genre

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Hollow Man] A locked room mystery with a trick but I knew there had to be a trick I can honestly say that I was clueless all throughout and so was glued to the reveal even though it seemed to take so long in coming some of Fel

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