Thursday, November 7, 2013

Who Watches the Watchers?

CONSTABLE GUARD THYSELF!
By Henry Wade.
Houghton Mifflin.
1935. 314 pages. $2.00

The full review of Wade's novel from THE SATURDAY REVIEW (May 11, 1935), archived here:
Police Capt. strangely slain in Headquarters. Inspector Pools [sic] of Yard takes over and runs down guilty man. - Well-developed and meaty yarn, a bit slow moving, but done with skill and logical deduction. - Verdict: Good.
From Martin Edwards's review (DO YOU WRITE UNDER YOUR OWN NAME?, 12 December 2008):
He demonstrates his commitment to fair-play puzzling in an especially bold fashion here, offering major clues to the murderer's identity at a very early stage; sadly, they may be too obvious to deceive the astute modern reader.
Nick Fuller also reviewed it on the GAD Wiki:
The solution is excellent, particularly the way in which the reader's attention is diverted away . . . and then brought back . . .
CONSTABLE GUARD THYSELF! is presently online here.

Category: Detective fiction

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