The Case of the Phantom Fingerprints Author:Ken Crossen When Broadway producer Morris Block is killed, no one is really that upset about it. He has been blackmailing show-business people for years, and during a house party about 40 of his 49 guests have a motive to do away with him. NYC detective Jason Jones and private detective Necessary Smith team up to investigate the murder (and a few other deat... more »hs) and try to explain how the murderer could get out of a house surrounded by police and unbroken expanses of snow. And why he left a bloody handprint behind to taunt them.« less
Written in the breezy style of the post-WWII period (written in 1945), this is an easy to read mystery and has an okay puzzle at its core. I found the relationship between the all-too-accomodating policeman (who was a bit too Nero Wolfish for me -- he raises geraniums and is overweight) and the private eye too pat and hard-to-believe. Not in the league of the great Golden Age mysteries, but it was okay to pass some time.