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The Great Merlini: The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective (1979)

by Clayton Rawson

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A dozen compact puzzles from a master of the locked-room mystery.

The Great Merlini waits impatiently at the door of the Hotel Astor. Inspector Church is late for his meeting with the famed magician, with whom he consults when homicide cases venture outside the realm of the possible. A ventriloquist has attempted suicide in the wake of his wife’s mysterious strangulation. Among the suspects are a snake charmer, a nine-foot giant, a tattooed man, and a gaggle of crap players — and this is one of Merlini’s simple cases. He will pick out the killer, with no more effort than he might a rabbit in a top hat.

In these twelve short stories, all originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Clayton Rawson’s greatest detective confronts puzzles that would leave a lesser magician’s head spinning. From vanishing blackmailers to murderous mediums, no cosmic crime can baffle the Great Merlini.

Contains the following short stories:

The Clue of the Tattooed Man
The Clue of the Broken Legs
The Clue of the Missing Motive
From Another World
Off the Face of the Earth
Merlini and the Lie Detector
Merlini and the Vanished Diamonds
Merlini and the Sound Effects Murder
Nothing is Impossible
Miracles — All in a Day's Work
Merlini and the Photographic Clues
The World's Smallest Locked Room


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A dozen compact puzzles from a master of the locked-room mystery The Great Merlini waits impatiently at the door of the Hotel Astor. Inspector Church is late for his meeting with the famed magician, with whom he consults when homicide cases venture outside the realm of the possible. A ventriloquist has attempted suicide in the wake of his wife's mysterious strangulation. Among the suspects are a snake charmer, a nine-foot giant, a tattooed man, and a gaggle of crap players-and this is one of Merlini's simple cases. He will pick out the killer, with no more effort than he might a rabbit in a top hat. In these twelve short stories, all originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Clayton Rawson's greatest detective confronts puzzles that would leave a lesser magician's head spinning. From vanishing blackmailers to murderous mediums, no cosmic crime can baffle the Great Merlini.… (more)

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