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Out of the Fog (1940)

by Joseph C. Lincoln

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Rather than posting the conventional sort of review I have chosen to introduce one of the main characters, Myra Simpson Crusit.

Miss Myra Crusit was said to be from a family that wasn’t rich but had always been genteel and looked up to [p 28] which suggests that her father had been a financially successful man - this being a Lincoln book quite likely he had been a sea captain [p 358].

Myra, who would have been aged between 34 and 48, lived in the house that she had inherited from her parents, with her hard-of-hearing Uncle ‘Jerry’ Jeremiah Havens, (her late mother’s half-brother), and a paid live-in housekeeper, Amelia Thanks, sister of the no account Elias Thanks, who plays a minor role in the book.

OOTF was first published in 1940, some way into the Great Depression (1929 – c.1939), but it is clear from her comfortable lifestyle that Myra had succeeded in hanging on to significant assets of her own. (In her employer, she would have had a shrewd financial advisor.)

Myra Crusit worked daily (from 8.30 a.m.) in Captain Mark Hanson’s* private offices, on the second floor of the Wellmouth [Savings] Bank Building on Main Street. She drove an old, second-hand Model T Ford of her own [pp 22 & 85] and we aren’t told whether she bought it before the Depression, or perhaps later at Depression knock-down prices.

If there was to be no romance in Myra's life she at least met her fate without whining or becoming soured. Her brave detective work helped to clear away the fog of uncertainty surrounding the mysterious death in the book.

Altough only a character in a novel, Myra is the sort of individual who enriches the lives of those who get to know her.

‘Aurélien Arkadiusz’
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* Captain Mark Hanson had made his money as head of the Wellmouth Lumber & Oil Co., from which he had since retired. As President of the Wellmouth Savings Bank Captain Mark had an official first-floor (ie ground-floor) office but he also rented two office rooms on the second floor of the three-floor building, from which, with Myra as his secretary-receptionist, he kept his hand in by doing some real estate business and a lot of insurance business on his own account. ( )
  AurelArkad | Jul 21, 2009 |
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