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Death from a top hat / Clayton Rawson ; introduction by Otto Penzler.

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Greenbush Public Library RAW (Text) 35500006111122 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781613161012
  • ISBN: 1613161018
  • ISBN: 1613161093
  • ISBN: 9781613161098
  • Physical Description: iv, 293 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Penzler Publishers, [2018]

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General Note: Original copyright date, 1938.
Summary, etc.: "Now retired from the tour circuit on which he made his name, master magician The Great Merlini spends his days running a magic shop in New York's Times Square and his nights moonlighting as a consultant for the NYPD. The cops call him when faced with crimes so impossible that they can only be comprehended by a magician's mind. In the most recent case, two occultists are discovered dead in locked rooms, one spread out on a pentagram, both appearing to have been murdered under similar circumstances. The list of suspects includes an escape artist, a professional medium, and a ventriloquist, so it's clear that the crimes took place in a realm that Merlini knows well. But in the end it will take his logical skills, and not his magical ones, to apprehend the killer. Reprinted for the first time in over twenty years, Death from a Top Hat is an ingeniously-plotted puzzle set in the world of New York stage magic, which was at its pinnacle in the early twentieth century. In 1981, the novel was selected as one of the top ten locked room mysteries of all time by a panel of mystery-world luminaries"-- Amazon.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    Originally published in 1938, this classic gem is a witty, occult-drenched crash course in locked-room mysteries and red-herring logic. Ross Harte, a former reporter, finds an agitated trio attempting to break into his neighbor's apartment, supposedly acting out of concern that Dr. Cesare Sabbat has missed an important appointment. Once inside, they find Sabbat's dead body in the center of a chalked pentagram. The ritualistic elements aren't all that surprising given that Sabbat was a renowned occultist and that his pressing appointment was with a medium, another occultist, and a sleight-of-hand magician. The surprise is that Sabbat's apartment is completely sealed, and NYPD's star detective, Gavigan, can't pinpoint the killer's exit. Loath to assign guilt to a supernatural source, and out of his league unraveling the deceptions of his magic-wielding suspects, Gavigan turns to an eminent magician, Merlini, for help. Through Merlini, Harte (who smells a story and is determined to see it through) and Gavigan unravel the rather commonplace deceptions plaguing prewar New York City's occult community. Devotees of locked-room mysteries will revel in this resurrected example of the genre. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Magicians > Fiction.
Occultists > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
Magicians.
Murder > Investigation.
Occultists.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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