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April 04, 2011

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Thank you, Larry, for this fascinating and informative post. How did you come upon the book? -- DL

Thanks for your characteristically kind and encouraging words, David. While I've had a life-long interest in mystery novels, films, and tv shows, I hadn't really studied them sufficiently. I had read some analytical works, including your great book The Perfect Murder, and I've decided I'd like to explore the genre more fully. That led me to fundamental questions about the beginnings of the form. My intentions are better than my memory; I don't recall how I came upon this book. It was, no doubt, by stumbling around until it caught my attention. I plan to write more posts about mystery tales and writers.

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