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The Riddle of the Stone Elephant (1949)

by Bruce Campbell

Other authors: Bill Gillies (Cover artist)

Series: Ken Holt (2)

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A 1950s book of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys genre. Energetic characters out to solve an old mystery. Action scenes and close calls along with some serious thought to discover what the mystery is and who was involved. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
I like this book very much. ( )
  Sonkku | Dec 20, 2013 |
I read this nearly forty years ago, as a kid, and now I just got a very nice edition to read again.

I remember preferring the Ken Holt series to the later Hardy Boys books, for an obvious reason, I see now: there is style in the writing, here. The frontispiece artwork has a classic tagline: "The floor gave way beneath them, and they plunged into the darkness below." This has echoed in my head for years. By the standards of popular fiction, this is classic writing.

Even the first sentence of this kids' novel is better written than most books written after the 1950s for the youth market:

"The sleek new red convertible, its top down, purred smoothly over the crest of the long hill and dipped its hood for the descent."

I suspect I may actually enjoy reading this book again. ( )
  wirkman | Feb 27, 2007 |
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