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Below Suspicion (Dr. Gideon Fell #18)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A terrifying cult of devil-worshippers makes murder part of its evil ritual. An arrogant lawyer cynically defends a woman he's sure is guilty and finds himself helpless to clear one he knows is innocent. Here is a chilling story of horror and brutality told in the heavy atmosphere of marihuana-filled chapels of the Devil.
Paperback, 186 pages
Published December 28th 1986 by International Polygonics (first published August 1949)
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Anu Korpinen
Saatananpalvontaa pula-ajan Lontoossa, nyrkkitappeluita ja myrkytysmurhia? Epäilysten ulkopuolella (Below Suspicion) on selkeä poikkeus Gideon Fell kirjojen joukossa, hienostuneesta suljetun huoneen mysteeristä on ajauduttu selkeästi pulp-kirjallisuuden puolelle. Mustat kynttilät palavat saatanan messussa ja sankaria jahtaavalla roistolla on kultahampaat.

Toiminnallisempana ja shokeeravampana tämäkään kirja ei ole silti ole huono, vaikka päähenkilönä seikkaileekin Carrin kolmas salapoliisi, vain
Jul 18, 2012 Ken rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
If this is your first encounter with Carr, don't be turned off. He could write pulp, as here, but his usual, especially in the Fell and Merriweather series, is absolutely first-rate. (Some of the non-series novels are also excellent.)

This book was a great disappointment. It looks like it was written to feature Patrick Butler and then re-written to include Fell, still in a secondary position. (Carr did another novel featuring Butler, which I've never wanted to read.) Butler is a rather implausibl
Paul Hasbrouck
In this mystery the reader travels back in time, to London 1947. Two years after the WII, Britain is still recovering, power cuts darken the streets and buildings, London's fogs still plague the people, and a murderer has stuck.
Patrick Butler, a famous defense lawyer, faces a case of poisoning, two beautiful women and two impossible crimes! With the help of the great Dr. Gideon Fall, Dennis will confront a evil that is hiding in the darkness of the great city.
John Dickson Carr is my favorite mys
I read this because of a clue in the NYT crossword: English mystery writer who used the "locked" room plot. In other words, a body is found but in a room locked from the inside and apparently unaccessible. The writer was John Dickson Carr, who I had heard of but never before read so decided to try one. I liked the writing, the plot, and the veddy veddy British ambience, England immediately post WWII. These are fun and if you like Christie and Sayers, think you will like Carr.
Thomas Burchfield
Enjoyable, but not as much as the two other novels of his I've read, including the masterly DEVIL IN VELVET. Clumsily contrived at times, especially toward the end.
Steve Banes
Another decent JD Carr nail biter, the cover bills it as a Gideon Fell mystery but the doc takes a serious backseat instead to brilliant pompous ass lawyer Patrick Butler as he steamrolls his way through brutal henchmen, the dark arts, and women like butter. Definitely could've benefited with more scenes of devil worshipin' and murder, but overall a solid read and a very funny twist ending too!
Lee Ann
This was very good. It doesn't really play fair but more than makes up for it. The allure of a satanist death cult in the midst of post-war rationing was sharp and effective. Patrick Butler returns as the protagonist. The subplot of Goldteeth and sportsmanship was a quaint touch. The idea of it centers the story in a certain cultural moment. It's certainly not the UK today.
A nicely gothic mystery as we head into Halloween season. The grim setting of post-World War II England reminded me a bit of Val Lewton's "The Seventh Victim." As with another recent read _Poe Must Die!_, it's fun if you don't take it too seriously.
This is one of my favorite JDC novels. Patrick Butler is a great creation and the twist to the ending still surprises me. Now on to Patrick Butler for the Defense.t
Carr is unmatched at the locked room game. I love his mysteries...except the historical ones.
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AKA Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.

John Dickson Carr was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1906. It Walks by Night, his first published detective novel, featuring the Frenchman Henri Bencolin, was published in 1930. Apart from Dr Fell, whose first appearance was in Hag's Nook in 1933, Carr's other series detectives (published under the nom de plume of Carter Dickson) were the b
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