I read this book about 30-Jul-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1954. This note was last modified Wednesday, 29-Aug-2007 23:48:47 PDT.
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Another depressing psychological mystery. Okay, actually it's not that depressing yet, but the main character sure did like the challenge of setting up and committing the murder. But it involves an advertising agency, so that's some help.
I do like the idea of shooting the guy on Guy Fawkes day, with firecrackers going off all over everywhere.
And then the second death in the book is a motorcycle accident—just like in Payment Deferred. Er. Well, a "motor bicycle" accident. Er. No actually an accident this time. I really wish I could tell when these books were set.
The actual ending, when it comes, is very abrupt, almost confusing. As Morris is trying to kill his wife, the co-conspirator on his first murder, who he's tried and failed to kill twice before, manages to get to him and hit him with an oar, and rescue his wife. It's even suggested he becomes fond of Morris' widow. It's not clear she ever understands that he was holding her under rather than rescuing her, either.