- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189020871X
- ISBN-13: 978-1890208714
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.1 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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A rather unusual book . . . with sharply etched characters and a rather shocking amorality―The New York Times Book Review
An amusing romp―Sunday Telegraph
This one's a maverick . . . [with] a professional touch unusual in a first novel―Irish Times
Lively and entertaining―Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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CAROLINE MINUSCULE won the John Creasey Memorial Award of the Crime Writers' Association and was shortlisted for an Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America. It is Andrew Taylor's first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Men in high places want Welch's information. They also want Welch buried along with his secrets. To that end, Betsy Ruysdale, Chambrun's invaluable personal secretary and lifelong friend, is kidnapped. Chambrau is ordered to leave Welch a sitting duck. No cops. No security. Or no more Betsy Ruysdale.
As a reign of terror sweeps the hotel, Chambrun fears he is about to be an accessory to murder. But will it be Welch or Betsy's?
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The story begins with a graduate student discovering his dissertation advisor murdered. He sees that no one else is around, and slips out of the building without being noticed, and does not call the police. His inaction develops into intrigue and murder in the pursuit of a fortune in diamonds. The book was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. According to the back cover of the book, the review included the statement, “It’s a rather unusual book … with sharply etched characters and a rather shocking amorality.” What was “rather shocking” in 1982 no longer is. In fact, the book is an illustration of what happens when one “chip[s] away a couple of layers—inexperience and outmoded, secondhand morality.” It is very much the same kind of thing seen in Breaking Bad, where Walt sloughs off that same sort of “outmoded, secondhand morality.”
Nonetheless, the characters are very well-drawn, and the narrative, both as to style and to plot, well-done.
The story follows William Dougal, a semi-reluctant scholar in an obscure field, who isn't thinking quite straight after finding the murdered body of his tutor. He is immediately commissioned to analyze a fragment of a medieval document by a mysterious man he suspects knows more than he should about the murder, but takes the job for much needed cash. When his employer is murdered, a letter from the man is delivered to William with an invitation to a treasure quest. William and his girlfriend set out on the trail and encounter smiling bad guys, nebbishy good guys, church ladies and vicious dogs along the way. It's a very entertaining romp, and William's angst over some of his less than admirable choices make this much more than a formula chase.
I was thrilled to find out that William Dougal appears in more of Mr. Taylor's books and I can't wait to read them. This was the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon!