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Jacques Futrelle
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The Thinking Machine Omnibus

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MEET SHERLOCK HOLMES' ONLY SERIOUS RIVAL AT DETECTION! Meet Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, who The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection calls "the most cerebral of all detectives." One of the great scientific detectives, a master logician, the Thinking Machine solves cases brought to him by a reporter, Hutchinson Hatch, who also does the legwork on most of the adv ...more
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jul 10, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
Interesting primarily because of the scientific content and the era the stories are set in. I found the detective character (The Thinking Machine) extremely unappealing at first, but got used to it. He has a lot of quirks and I would assume that he's on the high functioning autistic spectrum, just because he's wholly unable to relate to people very well and is fond of keeping his life into a very narrow spectrum (under control).

Two comments that he invariably makes in every story and novel are,
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Apr 25, 2013 Mark Keeney rated it liked it
Overall pretty good. Consists of several short stories, so I could read during lunch. Dated and had to remember when it was written. There is a formulaic feel because most of the stories use identical descriptions and dialog.
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Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875-1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring the "Thinking Machine", Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen. He worked for the Atlanta Journal, where he began their sports section; the New York Herald; the Boston Post; and the Boston American. In 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared in ...more
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