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Crime of the Century (Mastercrime) (original 1975; edition 1987)

by Kingsley Amis

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Title:Crime of the Century (Mastercrime)
Authors:Kingsley Amis
Info:Everyman Ltd (1987), Paperback, 130 pages
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The Crime of the Century by Kingsley Amis (1975)

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It's Kingsley Amis, so I thought how bad could it be? It's not entirely devoid of wit and style, so 2 stars. But it was pretty unintelligible, for me anyway. Perhaps it came across better as a serial, I don't know. ( )
  hvhay | Dec 15, 2016 |
Tried to read this, bogged down. Thought, oh come on, it's so short, try again. I got a lot farther this time, but bogged down again. Too many characters that I can't tell apart, doesn't matter who dun it because I won't know for sure who it is anyway. ( )
  SusanListon | Nov 30, 2014 |
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Serialized in a British newspaper in 1975, this edition of Amis's whodunit benefits from an introduction by the master satirist himself. The plot involves the murders of young women in London and the special committee set up to coordinate investigations with the police, when even Scotland Yard's most famous detectives fail to catch the killer. The professional sleuths, therefore, consult with an odd assortment of amateurs: Chris Dane, crime novelist; Benedict Royal, an intellectual rock star; Sir Neil Costello, QC; members of Parliament; and psychiatrists, including Marcus Varga, who's flakier than his patients. As the murders continue, so does Amis keep adding ingenious red herrings while playing fair by planting clues for readers sharp enough to spot them. The solution, however, will strike most mystery buffs as tops in the art of literary legerdemain. An alternate denouement, submitted by one of the newspaper's subscribers, closes the book and emphasizes just how foxy the author is.
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