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The Silent Bullet (Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective #1)

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Arthur Benjamin Reeve (1880-1936), was a graduate of Princeton and attended New York Law School. He is best known for creating the series character Professor Craig Kennedy, sometimes called "The American Sherlock Holmes," and for writing 18 mystery/detective novels. His works include: The Black Hand (1911), The Deadly Tube (1911), The Poisoned Pen (1912), The Silent Bullet ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 12th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1912)
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Jul 23, 2009 Rose added it
Shelves: 2009, fiction
Didn't really like this to start off with, but got more into it towards the end. Kennedy is so charming. He reminds me a bit of the guy on British TV who used to ride around in DayGlo colours on a bike and tell you about scientists and adventures. He's always whipping out some piece of equipment or other that is very commonplace today but astounds all the other characters every time. Mind you, if he announced that the little-known potato peeler was just the thing for this case, or something, ...more
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Sep 19, 2014 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, 2014-reads
Professor Craig Kennedy and his friend Jamerson solve some of the most difficult of cases employing a range of scientific methodologies...
Sep 20, 2016 Betty rated it liked it
A collection of mystery stories from an American Sherlock Holmes, this is an interesting look at popular literature from the early 1900's. Mr. Kennedy, while appearing all-knowing as Mr. Holmes, relies primarily on, and is happy to share information about, new scientific devices & methods to solve crimes. The blithely racist, sexist, and other -ist remarks are cringe worthy to modern readers but were accepted as commonplace in their time.
Chris Apolant
This was a readable, but altogether disappointing collection of short stories, with the title entry being, in my opinion, the weakest; and while I believed these would be in the vein of the excellent Dr Thorndyke mysteries, this collection should not, in any way, be compared to the scientific detective fiction of R. Austin Freeman.

Most did have that aspect of applying science to detection, but the plots are thin to the point of being veneer and incline more towards how the crime was accomplishe
Timothy Barnes
Sep 14, 2014 Timothy Barnes rated it really liked it
This is a fun collection of mystery short stories. Craig Kennedy has been called the American Sherlock Holmes by some, and his methods of solving crimes are certainly intriguing, but unlike the exploits of Holmes they have lost much of their intrigue with the passage of time. It's been over a century since these tales were first published, and the interceding decades have done much to remove the charm of the "science" Kennedy uses in many of his deductions. Commonplace items like microphones and ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Roop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective-story
Arthur Benjamin Reeves collections of detective short stories, the protagonist is Craig Kennedy. Craig was professor of chemistry and his friend Walter is the staff of The Star (newspaper) the story is told form the perspective of Walter.

1. The Silent Bullet
2. The Scientific Cracksman
3. The Bacteriological Detective
4. The Deadly Tube
5. The Seismograph Adventure
6. The Diamond Maker
7. The Azure Ring
8. Spontaneous Combustion
9. The Terror in the Air
10.The Black Hand
11. The Artificial Paradise
12. The
Jeff Miller
Nov 11, 2010 Jeff Miller rated it liked it
Available Project Gutenberg & Librivox

A series of mysteries somewhat in the Sherlock Holmes mode dating from the same time period. A professor solves crimes using the scientific method. The science in the stories is a bit dated, but most of the stories are enjoyable when you adjust for the time period. Though these aren't mysteries you can usually figure out along the way since the answer almost always relies on some piece of scientific equipment to point to the culprit. The stories pretty m
Jeff Hobbs
May 14, 2016 Jeff Hobbs marked it as to-read
Read so far:

The silent bullet --
The scientific cracksman --
The bacteriological detective --
The deadly tube --
The seismograph adventure --
The diamond maker --
The azure ring --
Spontaneous combustion --
The terror in the air --
The black hand --
The artificial paradise --
The steel door --
Jun 01, 2016 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love these stories that use the scientific method to solve crimes. Yes, the science is dated but the application is always ingenious.
Jan 02, 2016 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More about the forensics than the mysteries--more how rather than who. Not bad, but became tedious after a bit.
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ok police lab short stories
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According to the Haycraft-Queen list, the first Craig Kennedy book.
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It was free so I read it. I'm not too impressed with the stories.
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Arthur Benjamin Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936) was an American mystery writer. He is best known for creating the series character Professor Craig Kennedy, sometimes called "The American Sherlock Holmes," and his Dr Watson-like sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter, in eighteen detective novels. The bulk of Reeve's fame is based on the 82 Craig Kennedy stories, published in ...more
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