A Slip of the Tong
When Nelson Brooks, director of the prestigious Werner-Bok library, takes time off and heads for the West Coast, he is confident that his bright, urbane colleague Crighton Jones will keep the lights lit, the heat on, and the staff alive. But something is awry in the Asian reading room, where staff members, one by one, fall victim to murder. Crighton enlists her mentor Edwa...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by St. Martin's Press
(first published August 1st 1958)
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This book was not so much a murder mystery novel set in a library as it was a library novel with some mysterious murders added in. Having worked in a library for many years, I think the novel resonated more with me on that level than it did for me as a mystery fan. Goodrum certainly nailed the petty jealousies and politics of library life, the arrogance of people who know they are better than you. All of that was very adroitly handled. Also well portrayed were the schism between the Nationalist...more
A Slip of the Tong by Charles Goodrum is, I think, one book too many for the Library of Congress's former coordinator of research. Goodrum, as he should, knows his way around libraries and his depiction of the workings of the Werner-Bok Library is right on target. The mystery itself is interesting, although not quite as sharply played as usual. But his characters are becoming caricatures of themselves. What passed for witty bon mots and by-play between Jones, Edward George, and Steve Carson now...more
Good mystery but it would have been a lot better if I was a librarian or a cataloger. I missed a lot of what was going on between the characters because of my lack of understanding the whole librarian deal. I will pass on this series but I have recommended it to a couple librarians I know.