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Book Note: Rex Stout, Where There's A Will

I read this book about 28-Aug-2002. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1940. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:36:49 PST.

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Another old one, I see. I like the old ones.

This one has the Hawthorne sisters -- Actress, college president and former chemist, and wife of the Secretary of State as I remember it. Several of them as crazy as a loon. The final solution turns on photographic evidence semi-innocently obtained by the daughter of one of them. This also exploits the possibilities of a woman who always wears a veil, particularly when there's also a good actress in the house.

Fuck Pepsi-Cola!

I'm reminded of the lack of brand names in these books. Cars are mostly "Herrons". Guns are mostly "Marleys". I guess this sort of thing is why Steven King made such an impression on some people. Personally, I rarely read anything set in the contemporary world, so I didn't notice. Dorothy Sayers is back in the 30s; her brand names are probably made up too, but from that long ago and in England, I don't notice much. And science fiction, well.... It was brought to my attention mostly by Bill Cosby, with his immortal slogan "Fuck Pepsi-Cola".


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