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Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
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Feb 17, 11

bookshelves: 2011, vintage-crime-and-pulp
Read from February 15 to 16, 2011

Witty, sharp, and very well-written. Tey is less interested in writing a mystery novel than in using the conventions of the mystery novel to examine time, place, and character. And to throw out a few questions. How much do we really know about other people? Is it possible to read character on the face and in the body? And where are we to find first causes? The attempt to assign responsibility and to understand the causation of human behaviour is fruitless; in this story, Miss Pym is able to to trace back the cause of what happens to at least six different people, including herself. That complexity makes the very idea of justice a frightening illusion.
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