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The Dark Tunnel

by Ross Macdonald

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Doctor Robert Branch is a university professor, not a secret agent. But his best friend is dead and Branch knows that it can't have been suicide. He is also certain that the murder has been arranged by a Nazi espionage group operating on campus. The only trouble is, no one will believe him. Branch knows that the Nazis will have him eliminated as soon as it is convenient. He's even narrowed his choice of executioner down to three: a psychotic homosexual, a respected educator-and the women he loves.… (more)
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It was an interesting mystery, set in a midwestern university toward the tail end of World War II and involving a Nazi spy ring and some dead people, until the last ten pages when an out-of-nowhere homophobia reared its head. Maybe it was a commentary on the bigotry of the time, but if it was, it was too subtle for me. ( )
  wearyhobo | Jun 22, 2020 |
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To the memory of John Lee
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Detroit is usually hot and sticky in the summer, and in the winter the snow in the streets is like a dirty, worn-out blanket.
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The Dark Tunnel was republished in 1955 under the title I Die Slowly.
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Doctor Robert Branch is a university professor, not a secret agent. But his best friend is dead and Branch knows that it can't have been suicide. He is also certain that the murder has been arranged by a Nazi espionage group operating on campus. The only trouble is, no one will believe him. Branch knows that the Nazis will have him eliminated as soon as it is convenient. He's even narrowed his choice of executioner down to three: a psychotic homosexual, a respected educator-and the women he loves.

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