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This Is Murder, Mr. Herbert and Other Stories by Day Keene
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Apr 09, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: noirboiled
Read in May, 2008

In the evolution of noir, these four stories fall somewhere between the silliness of Carroll John Daly's Race Williams stories and the glory days of Gold Medal paperbacks. The middle two stories feature homicide detective Harvey "The Great" Stone, so called because of his ability to pull murderers out of thin air. In his talent for intuiting absurdities, Stone is rather like a hard-boiled Sherlock Holmes, except that Stone is a bland and uninteresting character and Holmes, by most accounts, is not.
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