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Most of them short, only a hundred and forty-eight pages of text, they are typical tales of this sort, relying on paying attention to words, actions, and figuring the guilty party or uncovering the secret.
MISER’S GOLD finds Ellery looking for the location a dead man, who passed before he could say, hid his treasure: four hundred ten thousand dollar bills.
THE THREE WIDOWS are just that, two sisters and their stepmother living in the same house. The will leaves a stipend to the sisters as long as the stepmother is alive. Someone is trying to poison her.
THE ROBBER OF WRIGHTSVILLE has Ellery once more in his favorite town to find a thief.
THE BLACK LEDGER has Ellery playing courier with a list of names that will help convict a drug kingpin. Grabbed, he has to outsmart them so the list can get through.
The other stories involve murder, blackmail, and assorted other crimes. I like these mind game tales and always try my luck at solving them with Ellery, though I rarely succeed. The cover blurb is not quite right. Though I enjoyed these stories, I have read better Queen shorts.
As always, for more forgotten books, check out Patti Abbott over at her blog, Pattinase.
But in Charles Gramlich’s worlds, the monsters are all too human. Which makes them far worse of course. To be sure, there are some non-human monsters in these stories, but even here, they are not your regulation horrors.
Like all good writers, Charles manages to work his own views on subjects into these pieces.
Some of my favorites:
CHIMES – I had an earlier version of this story(how I lost it is a complete wipe of an infected computer and a new reboot). In this book, this is his preferred version, sort of the writer’s cut. I liked this one.
FLOATER – a science fiction piece on the first manned mission to Mars.
CRYPTO – a funny horror story in which Charles works his own thoughts on a couple of hot button subjects.
SCRITCH, SCRITCH, SCRITCH – fooled me all over the place on this one.
I CAN SPEND YOU – again he fooled me.
Back this week with another Edward G. Robinson film, this one from 1946. THE STRANGER is the story of one man’s hunt for a notorious Nazi war criminal, Franz Kindler, one of the Germans who were instrumental in the forging of the genocidal plans to exterminate Jews. Unlike most of them, though, Kindler had a mania for an anonymous life. Very few pictures were ever taken of him and before he fled Germany he destroyed every piece of evidence that could identify him. The only clue they had was Kindler’s one known hobby, an obsession with old clocks.
Edward G. Robinson is Mr. Wilson(never identified by any other manner), an agent for a group hunting down Nazi war criminals. He takes the huge step of allowing Conrad Meinike, an executive officer at Kindler’s concentration camp, to “escape” so that he might lead them to the big prize.
Meinike leads Wilson to the town of Harper, Connecticut, then disappears shortly after leading the agent to the Harper School For Boys, where he catches Wilson unawares and clubs him over the head, thinking he’d killed him.
Meinike had gone there to meet Kindler(Orson Welles), working there as a professor named Charles Rankin. He presents a problem to Kindler, having gotten religion and wanting his former friend to confess and throw himself on the mercy of God. Kindler ends up killing him, which produces more problems.
You see, the day Wilson and Meinike arrived in Harper is his wedding day to Mary Longstreet, the daughter of Judge Adam Longstreet.
He hastily hides the body, then returns for the wedding, then slips off to bury the body. Not very well as it happens. He thinks himself home free until he learns Mary met Meinike, who came by the house after clubbing Wilson and before the wedding. Further complications are Mary’s Irish setter, Red, tries to dig up the grave when Kindler is walking him. Mary doesn’t like him locking the dog in the cellar.
Mr. Wilson has begun his investigation, posing as an antiques dealer compiling a list of Revere silver. Judge Longstreet has a nice collection and that’s his way in. He already suspects Rankin as he’s narrowed the list of new arrivals in town in the last year to a half dozen and two are teachers at the school to where he’d followed Meinike. One, Rankin of course, is attempting to repair the ancient clock in the town hall tower. It hasn’t worked in years.
Red turns up dead, found by Mary’s younger brother(played by a very young Richard Long). An autopsy shows the dog had been poisoned, with enough that he couldn’t have gotten far before death. The mud and crushed leaves in the front paws gives Wilson his clue to find Meinike’s body, already suspecting the man dead.
Things really start to fall apart as he has to tell Mary something, coming up with a mix of truth and lies. Love is blind though and she believes every word, even when he admits to killing Red and Meinike. She won’t listen to her father and Wilson and seems on the verge of a breakdown. Wilson knows that would be her death sentence amd so plans to watch her, with help from her family. She’s the only evidence that Meinike knew her husband.
The final showdown happens, appropriately, in the clock tower between Kindler, Wilson, and Mary.
An interesting film directed by Welles and the only film of his to make a profit on it’s initial release. CITIZEN KANE only made back it’s budget and marketing.
For more overlooked films, check outTodd Mason over at Sweet Freedom.
1: Will You Still Love Ne Tomorrow? – Ed Gorman
2: Ticket To Ride – Ed Gorman: 1 & 2, two of the Sam McCain series. ‘Nuff said.
3: The Deadfall Project(review copy) – an email from the publisher got this one sent to me. CIA agent Grey Stark is back from two decades of retirement in the hunt for a bomb that could level a city, Paris, in seconds.
4: Liquid Fear(ARC) – Scott Nicholson: Check out these two covers as they sit side-by-side.
5: Chronic Fear(ARC) – Scott Nicholson: sequel. In these two, a clinical drug trial gone bad is revived ten years later by the government and a pharmaceutical company. The original participants are brought back.
6: Hope Road(ebook, review copy) – John Barlow: this came attached to an email from the author.
7: The Vampire Club(ebook) – J. R. Rain & Scott Nicholson) a horror novel by the pair of authors.
8: Gideon’s Corpse – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child: latest Gideon Crew thriller. Gideon is in on a search for a nuclear bomb apparently assembled in New York City when he’s waylaid to help calm a physicist he’d worked with before he disappeared who’d taken a family hostage. After that’s resolved, the body is found to be “hot” with a lethal dose of radiation. The hunt is on. It was a good one.
9: Taken – Robert Crais: latest Elvis Cole thriller in which the P.I. and Joe Pike get involved in finding a kidnapped daughter, kidnapped by an outlaw group that hijacked groups being brought into California from Mexico by coyotes. The victim and her boyfriend were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another good one.
10: Harbor Nocturne(ARC) – Joseph Wambaugh: latest in the author’s Hollywood Station series. I haven’t read Wambaugh in years, but am enjoying this one.
11: McGrave(ebook, review copy) – Lee Goldberg; first in a new series written with thw ereader in mind. Loaded with action and a quick read. Enjoyed this one.
12: The Prairie Chicken Kill(ebook) – Bill Crider: A book in Bill’s Truman Smith series and free. How can one pass that up?
13: The Blacklin County Files(ebook) – Bill Crider: five Sheriff Dan Rhodes stories. A great price.
14: The Unburied Dead(ebook, review copy) – Douglas Lindsay; first in the Thomas Hutton police series
15: Angel Noir(ebook) – Fred Zackel. another freebie. How can I resist?
16: The Red Reef(ebook) – James Reasoner. still another freebie. Hard to not take it.
17: The Butterfly Forest(ebook) – Tom Lowe: latest mystery/thriller by one of my Goodreads friends. I decided I needed to try one.
The 2012 Super Bowl is finally upon us and I hope we get a good game. I think I’m going to go with the Giants on this one. My great nephew, Zane Hazzard, adores Eli Manning. That’s him in the picture with his grandmother, my sister, Jean, and some other fellow.
What the score might be? I have no idea. I’ve never been much of a prognosticator and am far from an expert. The folks that handle betting seem to favor the Patriots, but almost everyone on ESPN think the Giants are hot and on another mission.
Giants win and Eli Manning is the MVP!