In Nevermore, Hjortsberg breathes life into the unlikely, true-life friendship of legendary escape artist Harry Houdini and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this novel, set in 1920s New York, they team up to outwit a killer whose murders reflect those in Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of horror. Hjortsberg’s mystery possesses the appeal of Doyle’s famous character, Sherlock Holm...more
Author: William Hjortsberg
Publisher: Open Road
Publication Date: March 2012
Good Reads Synopsis
Why I Read It
I am always interested in anything related to Poe, Houdini, and somewhat intrigued by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After perusing NetGalley's listings, I came across this novel by William Hjortsberg and decided it had to be worth the read. Poe, Houdini, and Doyle all in one. Had to be good.
Short Synopsis (no spoilers)
Murders begin piling up...more
It is 1923 and a beautiful young woman has just been found outside a tenement, bones crushed, head ripped from her shoulders. A few stories above, her squalid apartment has been ransacked, and twenty-dollar gold pieces litter the floor. The window frame is smashed. She seems to have been hurled from the building by a beast of impossible strength, and the only witness claims to have seen a long-armed ape fleein...more
In 1923, during Arthur Conan Doyle’s second American tour promoting spiritualism, he and Houdini are drawn into a series of...more
The rest of the story moves along at a decent clip - the characterizations of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur...more
I so wanted to love this b...more
This book has a great cast of real characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, and Damon Runyan whose use of period slang is hilarious. Edgar Allen Poe also appears although it is never clear whether he is a ghost, a bend in time, or perhaps one of Houdini's illusions.
There is a lot going on in this story: a little of th...more
The main character is Harry Houdini. Yep, that Harry Houdini. Houdini, along with his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yep, that Conan Doyle), are on the case of a series of murders that mimic the mystery and horror stories of...more
Warning: This novel reads like fan fiction, includes a graphic sex scene,...more
Hjortsber has carefully researched this story. He has learned an awful lot about 1920s New York and no one could claim he wears his learning lightly. The opening of the novel bogs down again and again as irrelevant details of time and place are thrown in to demonstrate how thoroughly the era has been studied. Unfortunately, this information is seldom incorporated smoothly into the story. Write...more
It seemed like Houdini and Conan Doyle spent a large part of the story going down separate paths. It wasn’t until that last 1/3 or so that the storyline really brought them together, and that is when t...more
Czytałam to już dawno temu, nastolatką będąc i wiele nie pamiętam, ale jak na niezłe to było, jak na kryminał.
Właśnie zajrzałam i odkryłam, że bohaterem był też Runyon!
To trzeba przeczytać, szczególnie, że Hjortsberg napisał też obleśnego i zboczonego Harry'ego Angela (znaczy jak dla dwunastolatki).
The elements of gothic horror and noir mystery are well written, yet there were moments it felt as though the author was attempting to be too clever, which detracted from the story.
Read the full review on my blog Violin in a Void
Overall, it was a mishmash of drama, mystery, and fatasy that never really pulled together for me. The only saving grace was that I do love historical figures as characters, especially in...more