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Murder by the tale
Shannon, Dell, 1921-1988.
Personal Author:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1988.

Physical Description:
360 pages ; 22 cm
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Booklist Review

As a dull-witted husband begins his favorite after-dinner story yet again, his wife shoots him in cold blood. A cranky old neighbor makes diabolical toys that lead children to their deaths. An old man who watches the senile elderly in a retirement home driven to their demise by the matron plots his own personal revenge. This first collection of short stories by acclaimed and prolific mystery novelist Shannon runs the gamut of crime fiction, from realistic procedurals to macabre tales of the supernatural. Surprisingly, the eight stories featuring Lieutenant Luis Mendoza (the hero of 36 Shannon novels) are less effective than the supernatural pieces. Shannon's realistic writing in the shorter form is soft on characterization and too reliant on unlikely solutions. Still, the best of these short pieces vividly celebrate the subtle twist that converts the apparently normal to the criminal or the bizarre. PLR. [OCLC] 87-15419