Comments: 5
Loved the review so I bought the Kindle version from amazon.com for $7.99. Thanks for the recommendation
Tigus 2 months ago
great review, Moonlight Reader. I must have read this in the mid 1990s, after finding a used copy at a used bookstore that I didn't normally go to, and was way out of my way. it was there, in slightly worn condition, along with a Gerald Kersh short story collection called Men Without Bones. I had been pursuing The Hollow Man in used bookstores for ages, as it was one of the major, but tough-to-find, works picked in H. R. F. Keating's reading guide (now ancient) called Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books. I had already read The Devil in Velvet by John Dickson Carr, and had liked it, as time-travel/Murder Mysteries go, but hoped to like The Hollow Man a bit more, based on its titanic reputation.

there really isn't anything wrong with it, is there? I came out of it blown away--gobsmacked, as you say--and feeling I had read something rivaling Agatha Christie's best books, and that was a rare thing for me, back then. still is, actually. I went on to read The Arabian Nights Murder, from the same series, which was also pretty darn entertaining and similar in many ways to The Hollow Man, which showed that Carr was not a one-trick pony in the "impossible crimes" subgenre...plus The Curse of the Bronze Lamp, a book from the author's other major series, and originally published as by "Carter Dickson" (though I think the John Dickson Carr name garces most reprints...when they manage to occur).

funny you thought it was hard-boiled Noir; no no, it's for Christie and Sayers fans. it puts Murder of a Lady, by Anthony Wynne in its place, which is saying something, given how good that one was. anyway, you make me want to seek out another Carr...
Obsidian Blue 2 months ago
I am so sad I can't find this book anywhere!
Obsidian Blue 2 months ago
Thanks!