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The Quests of Simon Ark: And Other Stories

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When ancient evil emerges, it can only be stopped by a two-thousand-year-old sleuth

Ten years ago, Douglas Zadig emerged from the mist on an English moor, his clothes tattered, his speech slurred, and his mind completely blank. Since then, he has reinvented himself as an expert on good and evil, publishing book after book of a philosophy that is entirely lifted from the anc
ebook, 266 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Road (first published March 1st 1985)
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COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime
BOOK/Short 125 (of 250)
Edward D. Hoch is famed for his impossible crime/locked room tales.
HOOK - 4 stars: >>>>>The interested reader may find the tale of Kaspar Hauser's strange life and stranger death related [in] the Encyclopedia Britanica. And perhaps the story of Douglas Zadig's life and death will be there some day, too. For Douglas Zadig was a man from nowhere...<<<<<
Very good opening presenting us with 2 strange lives and 2 strange deaths a
Jason Speck
During his ridiculously prodigious lifetime, Edward Hoch wrote over 900 short stories: his 2008 New York Times obit stated that "his work appeared in print so often that some readers assumed Mr. Hoch was actually a conglomerate." Hoch created a number of popular main characters that he returned to over the years, one of them an elderly man named Simon Ark, who claims to be a 2,000 year-old Coptic priest hunting Satan and his evil influences. This book, a collection of Ark tales handpicked by Hoc ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre collection of short stories concerning impossible crimes with a supernatural bent.
A couple of decent stories were outweighed by some really poor stories and the fact that it took nine months for me to finish this tells its own story.
Michael Brown
Short stories about little mysteries with a superstitious hint. Simon Ark is 2000 years old and was charged with a quest due to his miss deeds. He is charged with finding the Devil. These tales all have a dark side with hints of ancient evils. But they are all solvable mysteries by normal means. The hook that they are all done by evil people makes them very enjoyable and easy to accept.
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Edward D. Hoch is one of the most honored mystery writers of all time.

* 1968 Edgar Allan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America): "The Oblong Room", The Saint Mystery Magazine, July 1967
* 1998 Anthony Award (Bouchercon World Mystery Convention): "One Bag of Coconuts", EQMM, November 1997
* 2001 Anthony Award (Bouchercon): "The Problem of the Potting Shed", EQMM, July 2000
* 2007 Ellery Queen Readers

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