BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR-1950 by David C. -- Ed. Cooke

BEST DETECTIVE STORIES OF THE YEAR-1950

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The annual, which creams the crop which has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (four of the twelve stories are from this publication), Collier's the Post, the American, and other media. Among the contributors, Fredric Brown, Lawrence Blochman, Roy Vickers and Bruno Fischer are pretty regular representatives in the field; the chameleon Ben Hecht has a svengali story of a psychiatrist's criminal abuse of his professional powers; Stanley Ellin does well with a mild, middle-aged Cat's Paw and there's a prospective father racket, a mastiff who turned informer; blackmail, frames, and of course murder. There's not much subtlety to these, but the speed-up, the smart gag, the slick twist this shorter form attracts. Perennial public.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton