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The Collected Mysteries of Jacques Futrelle (Halcyon Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Jacques Futrelle
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THE COLLECTED MYSTERIES OF JACQUES FUTRELLE includes sixteen novels and short stories by American journalist and mystery writer Jacques Futrelle. Many of his stories feature Futrelle's well known detective "The Thinking Machine," Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph.D., LL.D., F.R.S., M.D., M.D.S., noted for his ability to use logic to solve even the most tortuous riddles. Includes an active table of contents for easy navigation.

• The Golden Dagger
• The Great Auto Mystery
• The Haunted Bell
• The Man Who Found Kansas
• The Man Who Was Lost
• The Mystery of a Studio
• The Phantom Motor
• The Problem of Cell 13
• The Problem of Dressing Room A
• The Ralston Bank Robbery
• The Scarlet Thread
• The Silver Box
• The Thinking Machine
• My Lady’s Garter
• The Elusive Isabel
• The Diamond Master

Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875-1912) was an American writer and journalist. Born in Georgia, he wrote for several New York and Boston newspapers before abandoning journalism in 1906 to concentrate on a career as a novelist. His novels and stories featuring Professor Van Dusen were well-received, making Futrelle relatively successful during his short career. Futrelle died during the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1912, having refused to board a lifeboat with his wife.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00580JV84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting discovery 1 Feb. 2013
Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph.D., LL.D., F.R.S., M.D., M.D.S. is a sort of experiment on the part of the author: what if there was such a person ... ? Dusen's prime (though not sole) characteristic is his commitment to reason above all things, much in the vein of the better-known Sherlock.

He has not the charisma of Holmes (but I wonder if that's not prejudice on our part?), and there is no Watson character in the stories I have read to date. There is a distinctly European flavour to the style of Futrelle's writing (although he was an American), and a sense that one is reading a literary exercise, along the lines of something by Georges Perec, rather than a work of art. But it is none the worse for any of that, and I'm glad I've discovered the Thinking Machine!
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite good 27 Dec. 2013
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I downloaded this book as I read about the author, Jacques Futrelle, in the Max Allan Collins book The Titanic Murders and thought that I would try some of his stories. They were written over a century ago but enjoyed most of them and don't regret downloading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful and excellent omnibus 20 May 2012
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This Halcyon collection is probably the best way to get the fiction of this American mystery writer who so tragically went down with the "Titanic" at the height of his powers. There is an active table of contents. To get to it simply navigate on your Kindle to the cover, turn to the next page and there it is. From there one can go to any of the specific works in the collection. Futrelle is well worth reading, having a highly competent writing style and a gift for skillful plotting. Penguin included a number of his stories in their "Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" set and Futrelle is arguably superior to Doyle as a writer though his main creation--the Thinking Machine--lacks the charisma of Holmes. This collection gives you an excellent and extensive survey of some of his best work at a very low price and with excellent formatting.
4.0 out of 5 stars A previously unknown enjoyment. 23 Aug. 2013
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The stories were enjoyable and kept me guessing, but they are definitely dated. Great if you like stories from the early 20th century.
5.0 out of 5 stars The world's greatest loss on the Titanic! 3 Jun. 2013
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If only he had stayed home that fateful night in April. Who knows how many more wonderful " Thinking Man" mysteries there would be! One of the first master of the "locked room" mystery! I like to think he gave John Dickson Carr his yearning to be the unrivaled best at locked room mysteries. Read them both, you won't be disappointed!
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