by John Dickson CarrFor all his reputation as the supreme master of gimmickry in detective novels, Carr, more than any other writer in the golden age tradition, excepting Agatha Christie, strove to fill his stories with fully imagined characters whose dilemmas are an integral part of the mystery.With The Sleeping Sphinx he almost totally succeeds, and the first third of the novel where the intricate clashing of motives stemming from a single encounter are continuously worked out with no jump in time or shift in place, can only be called a tour de force.
I agree with the oft repeated opinion that detective novels aim at a fundamentally different esthetic goal than (for want of a better term) straight novels.The Sleeping Sphinx, however, shows how an integration of the two might be accomplished.
|Title||The Sleeping Sphinx (Dr. Gideon Fell, #17)|
|eBook format||Mass Market Paperback, (torrent)|
|Author||John Dickson Carr|
|File size||7.1 Mb|
|Book rating||3.58 (77 votes)