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Murder At The Aba

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  516 ratings  ·  38 reviews
When the protege of writer Darius Just suddenly turns up murdered at the celebrated annual publishing convention, chaos and suspense sweep the autographing sessions, the buffet tables, the bars, and the famed hospitality suites.

Darius is certain he can discover the murderer—if the murderer doesn't find him first....
Paperback, 269 pages
Published February 12th 1982 by Fawcett Crest (first published 1976)
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Manny
Another bandwagon I couldn't resist the urge to jump on...

ASIMOV: Good morning team. Now, I know you're all eager to get started on Authorised Murder, but why don't we take a moment to introduce ourselves. You first.

ASIMOV: I'm Asimov. Overall concept. I'm proud to say that it's going to be a sexy, post-modernist mystery...

ASIMOV: You gotta be kidding. How are we ever-

ASIMOV: Shut up, Asimov. Next?

ASIMOV: Asimov. Plot and suspense.

ASIMOV: Like you're going to be able to do plot and suspense! I
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KristenR
Up to now I had only read some of Asimov's science fiction work, so when I came across this mystery I didn't know what to expect, but thought I'd give it a try.

It was great! It was funny and clever (and, yes, dated - but enjoyable nonetheless)

I liked how he wrote himself into the story. It was done in a way that really worked, and those were the scenes that really made me laugh.
However, I had to roll my eyes at some of his descriptions of the female characters and feminism.

Overall it was fun to
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Megan
Isaac Asimov... mystery writer??? Apparantly so. Murder at the ABA describes just that; a murder which takes place at the 1975 American Booksellers Association convention. Asimov appears as a minor character in this story, and apparently included enough real information regarding the actual 1975 ABA convention that he had to include a disclaimer that the events portrayed are a work of fiction. The mystery was only so-so. For me the star of this story was narrator Darius Just; especially as he wa ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Asimov e il caso delle tre penne.

Per andare direttamente al sodo: mi aspettavo molto, ma molto di più. Chiariamoci, il romanzo è decisamente buono, ma con Asimov non sono affatto stata abituata al decisamente buono. Sono stata abituata al massimo, all'aldilà di ogni previsione, al talmente bello che mi mancano persino le parole per raccontartelo. Per questo, mio caro Isaac, non puoi uscirtene con un giallo mediocre. L'opzione non esiste, chiaro?
Ripeto, gli elementi ci sono tutti e sono anche mes
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Craig
Asimov obviously had a lot of fun writing this one. The mystery aspect itself isn't really captivating but the story is entertaining and Asimov's style is fresh and easy. The main character, Darius Just, is more or less modeled after Harlan Ellison, and Asimov makes himself a character. The story takes place over a weekend at the 75th ABA in 1975. It's an amusing read and a good reminder that Asimov wrote a lot more than just good science fiction.
Christina
Ok, but not one of his best. This one felt like he was writing just to write, not because he actually had a story tell. I wouldn't recommend it.
Elizabeth
I don't know where I found this shabby paperback, but it could not have been better-timed; I was right in the middle of my metafiction craze and just stumbling into online media fandom, and so reading a story set in a convention in which the author appears as a character (a comic one, no less) -- there are no words for how much I enjoyed this.

Which is not to say it's one of Asimov's best. It's -- well, you know how Austen worried that Pride & Prejudice was "too light & bright & spark
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Aries
Che Asimov fosse in grado di scrivere sostanzialmente quel che voleva è assodato.Che i racconti dei Vedovi Neri fossero già un'ottima divagazione nel mondo del "giallo soft" pure.Mi mancava la possibilità di leggere un vero giallo per poterne apprezzare il rendimento e, finalmente, ne ho avuto l'occasione."Rompicapo in quattro giornate" è un giallo reale, con un omicidio, delle indagini, dei sospettati e, dulcis in fundo, tra i protagonisti c'è lo stesso Asimov Il romanzo scorre bene, ha un otti ...more
Ippino
Non sono un esperto di gialli, ma questo è proprio bruttino.
L'avevo acquistato solo per il nome di Asimov in copertina, ma non mi è piaciuto molto.
Il difetto è solo uno: trama debole.
Apprezzabile il tentativo, ma questo genere narrativo non è nelle corde dell'autore; ha cercato di inventarsi qualcosa di abbastanza originale, soprattutto nell'ambientazione e nella costruzione del delitto, ma l'intreccio è povero di attrattiva e di mordente.
I personaggi non sono male, ma si muovono in una "cornice
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Robin
This was a thoroughly entertaining read despite the remarkably unimpressive mystery plot. Luckily, the deft and almost gleeful writing style, the lifelike characters, the publishing world setting, and the rather startling (for me) glimpse into the 1970s via a very male perspective more than made up for the iffy plotting. The murderer is guessable early, which feels clumsy. Still, Asimov as a character was to die for and makes me want to go to back in time so I could attend one of his signings. I ...more
Kathy
It's a fun read especially for anyone who's attended a SF con and Asimov went to many. It's clever (Asimov's a character in the story) and funny and the mystery is okay. But I don't think even Isaac himself would call it a great work of literature.
Andrea
Probabilmente non uno dei libri meglio riusciti di Asimov. Sicuramente uno dei meno conosciuti.
Personalmente ho intuito la fine un pò troppo presto, i protagonisti non sono molto strutturati e intriganti e la trama... beh, non mi ha convinto troppo.
L'ho trovato poco curato e sicuramente non all'altezza del grande Asimov.

Alla fine ho avuto come l'impressione che l'autore abbia più voluto togliersi qualche sassolino dalla scarpa rispetto al mondo editoriale che scrivere un giallo come si deve...

Felicity
A murder mystery set at the American Bookseller's Association conference of 1975, and told from the point of view of a small, insecure, misanthropic author. It is clever and entertaining, as you'd expect from an Asimov mystery, and it's fascinating to see even an outdated look inside the publishing industry; but the book gets an added fillip of the surreal from the inclusion of Isaac Asimov as comic relief, and he and his protagonist taking potshots at each other in the footnotes.
Jim
I like this book. Asimov's style of writing on this one is just great. He is a minor character in this book using his real name. The major character, a fictional fellow writer, admits that even though Asimov's name appears on the cover, he actually wrote it and he gets to footnote some things throughout the book...and those footnotes are hilarious. This is a complete tourdeforce. A bit of repitition here and there, but still a very good read. Have fun!
Brian
I like murder mysteries and am a huge Asimov fan. This book is a quick little read where the main character (supposedly modeled after science fiction author Harlan Ellison) encounters Asimov. It was cute seeing Asimov write about himself in the third person.

Anyway, if you're an Asimov fan, i would give this 5 stars. If you're a mystery fan, I'd give it a 3. Mystery fans might be much more interested in his Black Widower series.
Avi
I'm normally not as much a fan of Asimov's fiction as his non-fiction, but this one is great. It's an excellent murder mystery, and also has the unusual feature of featuring the author as a character in the book. He holds conversations concerning the book with the main character, both in the context of the narrative, and within the footnotes. A great read.
Leslie
I recently read a partial autobiography by Asimov. He described some of his books. This one sounded like fun - it's okay, but dated. I think he's no longer a favorite writer.
After finishing the book: the book was slow at first, got interesting, then slow again - when the murder was solved... it was interesting for a bit.
Ezra Farber
Fun fact - Asmimov has books published in every category of the Dewy Decimal system. He rather hilariously portrays himself as an obnoxious, self-inflated minor character in this novel about murder in the publishing industry - a smug bastard everyone hates because writing comes so easily to him.
Spellbound
La trama è ben costruita anche se non eccezionale. Quello che mi ha piacevolmente colpito è l'ironia di Asimov nel descrivere se stesso, gli altri e l'ambiente degli autori/editori. La lettura scorre piacevole mentre realtà e finzione si intrecciano lasciando un sorriso sulle labbra.
Jonathan Viveros
Bueno es un libro que me remite a las películas policíacas de los años 50's que más que intriga tienen de todo, y cargado más a la comedia de situación a pesar que no es el medio de Asimov creo logra hacer algo ameno y divertido.
Mike
A murder mystery. A writer is killed, but everyone thinks it was an accident. Another writer starts his own investigation to prove it was murder and find the killer. Interesting and enjoyable.
Rebecca Williamson
This was a fun read. Fun, for Asimov's witty observations on the world of publishing, and have things ever changed since 1976! I also enjoyed meeting Asimov as a character in his own book.
Fredrick Danysh
Asimov makes himself the hero of the investigation of murder at a book convention in New York City. An interesting read as we get a glimpse, even if fictional, into the literay world.
Alessandro
Un libro che si vende solo perchè metà copertina è occupata dalla scritta "ASIMOV". Di fatto si tratta di un libro giallo ambientato in un convegno per autori (!), molto dozzinale.
Emily
I'm told this is nothing like his other books, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. A nicely put together mystery. And for once, footnotes in fiction didn't annoy me!
Lemar
I'm going back in time to review this because I remember enjoying it so much. I bought this while traveling and it made excellent witty company.
Becca
only asimov could pull off what any other writer would look foolish trying to do. he really is quite amazing.
Gian Luca
Carino il modo in cui Asimov ironizza su se stesso...
Giallo piacevole che si legge molto velocemente.
Ale Ortu
Great story, it was very fun when the main character met asimof himself at the ABA and talked to him.
Jean Doolittle
Interesting twist to a murder mystery, in which the author was also a character.
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Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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“And [Asimov]'ll sign anything, hardbacks, softbacks, other people's books, scraps of paper. Inevitably someone handed him a blank check on the occasion when I was there, and he signed that without as much as a waver to his smile — except that he signed: 'Harlan Ellison.” 52 likes
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