'A fine craftsman' Ellery QueenA deadly net of danger tightens around Hilary Foulkes as an unseen enemy makes constant, bizarre attempts on his life. Detective Terry Marshall and his unusual assistant, the inquisitive nun Sister Ursula, work desperately against the clock to break the case - for Foulkes's luck is due to run out at any moment . . . Rocket to the Morgue is the novel in which Anthony Boucher's two interests, crime and SF, collide. As well as being a classic locked-room mystery, it is also considered something of an SF roman a clef, featuring thinly disguised versions of such luminaries of the Southern California science fiction culture of the 1940s as Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard."… (more)
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Sister Ursula and Lieutenant Marshall encounter bizarre crimes among a coterie of science-fiction writers and enthusiasts. A roman à clef in which many of Boucher's science fiction writer friends appear in disguise.
Almost anyone could have entered Hilary Foulkes' study and stabbed him, but there was no way Lieutenant Marshall could find for the attacker to have left. The lieutenant of the Los Angeles Homicide Squad could see no reason why locked room puzzles should pursue him. (There was an excellent reason, but he was not to discover that until later.) Meanwhile, he found himself involved with perhaps the screwiest bunch of people he had ever met — the boys who write scientifiction — those stories dealing with time machines, rockets to the moon and interstellar space.
They were not much help, these writers. Their considered opinion of how to escape from a locked room included such surrealist methods as going out through the fourth dimension. Marshall was grateful for the common sense and quick wits of Sister Ursula, who had helped him once before.
"Scientifiction" authors are chief suspects in a fumbled murder. (paradoxosalpha)