The Man in Lower Ten

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An attorney with a briefcase full of vital evidence narrowly avoids assassination but finds himself accused of murder. Written by "the American Agatha Christie" and the first detective novel to crack national bestseller lists.

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An attorney with a briefcase full of vital evidence narrowly avoids assassination but finds himself accused of murder. Written by "the American Agatha Christie" and the first detective novel to crack national bestseller lists. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Lawrence Blakely has been asked by his partner to deliver some important documents to a client in Pittsburgh. In the course of his return trip, the occupant of the train berth opposite his ― the lower ten, which Blakely was supposed to have taken -- is savagely murdered. Was Blakely the intended victim, and did the crime have something to do with his briefcase full of vital evidence? When the murder weapon turns up underneath his pillow, Blakely becomes the prime suspect and is forced to stay one step ahead of the police in an increasingly deadly mystery.
Written by Mary Roberts Rinehart, "the American Agatha Christie," this was the first detective novel to crack national bestseller lists. According to The New York Times, "[Rinehart's] literary distinction lies in the combination of love, humor, and murder that she wove into her tales ... She helped the mystery story grow up." The Man in Lower Ten was Rinehart's debut novel, and it remains a thrilling tale of homicide, mayhem, and romance.

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Series Title
Dover Mystery Classics
Publisher
Dover Publications
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
176
Author
Mary Roberts Rinehart
ISBN-13
9780486814506
Publication Date
April, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.40 x 5.40 x 0.30 Inches
ISBN-10
0486814505

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The story is a fun one...

The story is a fun one, very much of its time. Should appeal to fans of Agatha Christie as it reads a bit like some of her lesser works. The author was popular in her day although mostly forgotten today. This book was her first big hit. It contains murder, forgery, train wrecks, mysterious "hauntings", romance, and an amusing first person narrative. The edition I was reading (Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Readings) is probably an OCR'd text and contains several text errors which are a bit distracting. I'd probably have enjoyed this more in a vintage copy or a better edited one. Has some nice details of life (and train travel) in the time period, which is something I enjoy reading about. As a train fan, I particularly was interested in it and enjoyed those details.

Now I understand why R...

Now I understand why Rinehart is considered to be the American Agatha Christie, or should it be that Agatha Christie is the British Mary Roberts Rinehart, given that Rinehart's first novel - this one - was published some 14 years before Christie's first book? Either way, this story has all the wonderful atmospheric feel I have come to love in Golden era mystery novels. For a debut novel, Rinehart does a wonderful job drawing her characters and a twisty plot. The story provides for some good suspenseful moments and I did enjoy the banter Lawrence and his partner/good friend McKnight engage in. Even with a murder and unscrupulous people who think Lawrence still has the documents in his possession, the characters comes across as treating this as a low key concern.... Life and death situations seem to still involve taking time off for a good drink, a bite to eat and a bit of tongue-in-cheek dialogue. Favorite character for me is the amateur sleuth Hotchkiss who just pops up everywhere. Hotchkiss employs the detailed investigation techniques characterized by Sherlock Holmes but with the demeanor of a quiet, bookish accountant. Love Lawrence's reaction to Hotchkiss' note-taking and question asking: "I nodded tolerantly. Most of us have hobbies.". There is even a romantic sub-plot with one of the potential suspects - who just happens to also be McKnight's current love interest. This came across as a bit of added fluff and distraction to Lawrence's "search for the killer" focus, but a distraction that did not cause any annoyance for this reader. Overall, a delightful golden age mystery read and I will now keep an eye out for more Mary Robert Rinehart books to read.

The story is a fun one...

The story is a fun one, very much of its time. Should appeal to fans of Agatha Christie as it reads a bit like some of her lesser works. The author was popular in her day although mostly forgotten today. This book was her first big hit. It contains murder, forgery, train wrecks, mysterious "hauntings", romance, and an amusing first person narrative. The edition I was reading (Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Readings) is probably an OCR'd text and contains several text errors which are a bit distracting. I'd probably have enjoyed this more in a vintage copy or a better edited one. Has some nice details of life (and train travel) in the time period, which is something I enjoy reading about. As a train fan, I particularly was interested in it and enjoyed those details.

Old-fashioned murder-o...

Old-fashioned murder-on-a-train mystery.

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