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The red lamp / Mary Roberts Rinehart.; introduction by Otto Penzler

Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958 author. (Author). Penzler, Otto, writer of introduction. (Added Author).
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Godel Memorial-Warren Library RIN (Text) 35500006109746 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 1613161131
  • ISBN: 9781613161135
  • Physical Description: v, 289 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pnezler Publishers, 2018.

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Summary, etc.: "An all-around skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, literature professor William Porter gives no credence to claims that Twin Towers, the seaside manor he's just inherited, might be haunted. He finds nothing mysterious about the conditions in which his Uncle Horace died, leaving the property behind; it was a simple case of cardiac arrest, nothing more. So, though his wife, more attuned to spiritual disturbance, refuses to occupy the main house, Porter convinces her to spend a summer at the estate and stay in the lodge elsewhere on the grounds. But not long after they arrive, Porter sees the evidence of haunting that the townspeople speak of: a shadowy figure illuminated by the red light of Horace's writing lamp, the very light that shone on the scene of his death. And though he isn't convinced that it is a spirit and not a man, Porter knows that, whichever it is, the figure is responsible for the rash of murders--first of sheep, then of people--that breaks out across the countryside. Somehow, though, the suspect eludes him every time and, in his pursuit, Porter risks implicating himself in the very crimes he hopes to solve" -- Amazon.com.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    This whodunit, originally published in 1925 by best-selling Golden Age author Rinehart, is told through the diaries of Professor William Porter. When the academic inherits a house reputed to be haunted, his wife steadfastly refuses to inhabit it. The couple and their niece move into another property on the grounds, but the haunting—or is it a living malevolent force?—hovers close. After multiple slaughters of sheep in the night, a young woman goes missing, and, moreover, William Porter is suspected and must take the investigation into his own hands. Porter's diaries portray a meticulous sleuth; his attempts to remain rational even as he is terrified by the phenomenon at play mean that the various strands of the investigation are carefully pulled apart. Readers will find themselves falling for the genteel yet creepy undertones of the era's "spiritism" and will relish the author's precise yet evocative language. Rinehart's The Bat is one to try after this, along with all the titles being reprinted in the American Mystery Classics series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Detective and mystery stories.
Genre: Mystery fiction.
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