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Madman Theory Paperback – 1966


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good faux Ellery Queen novel. 20 April 2010
By Saturn61 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The novel was written by Jack Vance and doesn't have Ellery Queen as a character.
The story takes place in the mid 1960's in California. It's always interesting to
read stories that occur in California when it was truly " The Golden State ", before it became the relatively poor - 31st in cost-of-living-adjusted median household income - and overcrowded mexicanized mess it is today.
Vance's characterization of his protaganist, Inspector Collins, is well done and the investigation is fascinating.
The ending is similar to a John Dickson Carr novel.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Creates the effect but not the challenge 18 Jan 2006
By Bookivore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Take an old male-bonding experience, hiking and camping. Add a mysterious stranger camping off to the distance for suspense and finish it off with a seemingly random bullet killing one member of the group. It must have been a random act by a madman. OR was it?

Well, of course it wasn't, and the diligent detective works away unravelling the clues. On the other side of the mystery the murderer is working almost as diligently to eliminate clues.

My main complaint about this mystery is that it depends upon the citified notion that an ambush, however clever, is naturally more difficult to unravel out in the wilderness than in someone's back yard. The park rangers seemed just as bewildered by their own territory as someone straight off Broadway; did they never have to deal with poachers or tourists falling into inconvenient holes?
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