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The Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

A man has been shot dead in his house. Ebenezer Gryce is on the case, but he has no leads, no witnesses, no evidence -- until he decides to talk to the neighbors of the victim, a blind doctor and his beautiful wife.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Hasbrouck’s violent death?”

I was in such a state of excitement that the perspiration stood out on my forehead. Mrs. Hasbrouck’s story of the occurrence returned to me, and I remembered as distinctly as if she were then speaking, that she had expressly stated that she did not scream when confronted by the sight of her husband’s dead body. But some one had screamed, and that very loudly. Who was it, then? One of the maids, startled by the[24] sudden summons from below, or some one else—some involuntary witness of the crime, whose testimony had been suppressed at the inquest, by fear or influence?

The possibility of having come upon a clue even at this late day, so fired my ambition, that I took the first opportunity of revisiting Lafayette Place. Choosing such persons as I thought most open to my questions, I learned that there were many who could testify to having heard a woman’s shrill scream on that memorable night just . . . Read More

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Il 29 marzo è stata inaugurata 'Criminali', la nuova collana esclusivamente in ebook di Einaudi Stile Libero.

Dal sito ANSA: “Curata da Beniamino Vignola, raccoglierà storie vere, forti, a volte crude, in testi agili, svelti: cronache, reportage, biografie, atti processuali, racconti, romanzi brevi

Mr. Hasbrouck, a well-known and highly respected citizen, was attacked in his room by an unknown assailant, and shot dead before assistance could reach him.

The affair was given to a young man, named Ebenezer Gryce, to investigate, and the story, as he tells it, is this:So begins this short story. I

I was disappointed by this book after enjoying so many of Ms Green's other works. I found the plot lacklustre and looked in vain for any character development. It was as if Ms Green had had an idea for a plot but only roughly sketched the details and then decided to publish the rough sketch. Not her

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