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The Spoke (1941)

by Friedrich Glauser

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This series of Crime novels take place in Switzerland and feature Sergeant Studer. In this one a man is murdered in an unusual way by means of a sharpened bicycle spoke thrust into his body.
There are a couple of other odd things about this case,one is that a suspect is an owner of a piglet which he treats like a baby and takes to bed with him. Another,a stutterer,can speak quite plainly when communicating in a darkened room. Studer sets out to solve the case but before he does there is another murder,but finally the true villain is brought to justice and a whole village is saved from ruin.
The author who died when he was forty-two just before his wedding day,was a schizophrenic and addicted to drugs. He spent much of his life in insane asylums and in prison. All that apart,he certainly writes first-class crime fiction with a distinct difference. ( )
  devenish | Mar 3, 2009 |
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A murder puts an end to the wedding celebration of Studer's daughter. A man is found with a sharpened bicycle spoke embedded in his back, and a suspect is quickly arrested - a bit too quickly, thinks Studer.

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