The murderer of Dr Grimauld walked through a locked door, shot his victim and vanished. He killed his second victim in the middle of an empty street, with watchers at each end, yet nobody saw him, and he left no footprints in the snow. And so it is up to the irrepressible, larger-than-life Dr Gideon Fell to solve this most famous and taxing of locked-room mysteries. In a way, I should not be giving this such a good rating as I have but its very oddity makes it a very interesting and challenging read, unlike most other mysteries from the 'Golden Age.
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Jump to navigation. Videos, interviews, and audio recordings of previous Signature Events at the Library. Bernard Norcott-Mahany , a library technical assistant at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, is our resident connoisseur of classic literature. Signature Events. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. Tuesday, June 9, Film Screenings. Calendar Check our our online events!
Online Storytime. Kids Cafe. NickiFit Class. Featured Resource Shelf Help. In its most basic form, a person is found dead from violence in a room that is closed from within, and admits no egress.
Though the person has clearly been murdered there is no murder weapon in evidence , it seems impossible that anyone could have gotten to the victim to kill him most times, the victim is male. The appeal of such mysteries is as much, if not more, on the ingenious solution to how the murder was committed as on the identity of the killer. The novel is the sixth Gideon Fell novel out of a total of twenty-three. Gideon Fell is a British scholar, though his area of study is unclear. When first introduced, he is working on an English dictionary which suggests a nod to the celebrated Samuel Johnson , but in later books, he seems to be working on a scholarly treatment of the beer-drinking habits of the English — a scholarly endeavor many of us could get behind.
Are you listening, Boulevard? Like Samuel Johnson, Fell seems to be an expert in just about everything, but unlike Johnson, he is morbidly obese, and uses a cane to get around. In this novel, when one of Dr. This kind of self-awareness on the part of a fictional character is something we might expect in a book written in the last 20 years, but not in a popular mystery written during the Golden Age of classic detective fiction. Complicating matters is that Fley seems to have been killed prior to Grimaud himself.
But Carr fails to produce compelling characters. In many ways, even the main characters might be interchangeable, given letters for names as if the whole book were a problem in calculus of several variables. Unlike Christie, or Marsh, or Sayers, who create some compelling characters in their detective novels, Carr, at least in this outing with Dr.
Fell, fails to do so. About the Author.
The Hollow Man
Professor Charles Grimaud received his visitor in his study. No one seem to bat an eyelid that the visitor had a papier-mache face, and left no footprints in the snow, but they admitted the visitor anyway. But when a gunshot is heard from the study, the alarm is raised — the door is broken down and Grimaud is found, shot dead. Nobody could have escaped from the room — the only access was through a window with a sheer drop and with undisturbed snow underneath. But just as nobody could have left that room, nobody could have murdered Pierre Fley in Cagliostro Street, shot at close range in front of witnesses but with nobody in sight and again, surrounded by more undisturbed snow. Fley had threatened Grimaud in front of witnesses — but did they have a common enemy?
#17: The Hollow Man, a.k.a. The Three Coffins (1935) by John Dickson Carr
Jump to navigation. Videos, interviews, and audio recordings of previous Signature Events at the Library. Bernard Norcott-Mahany , a library technical assistant at the Lucile H. Bluford Branch, is our resident connoisseur of classic literature. Signature Events. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. Tuesday, June 9,
The Three Coffins
Like Liked by 1 person. Like Like. The Hollow has definitely been a book I have been wanting to read in its entirety, having only just read part of the The Locked Room Lecture chapter. John Pugmire ] The Invisible Event. The Invisible Event. Murphy The Invisible Event.