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The Hangman's Handyman
The Hangman's Handyman
Author: Hake Talbot
"Inside a candle-lit room, the leaping flames of the great fireplace danced grotesquely on the walls. A man swaggered over to their warmth; he stood there and laughed. It was an ugly sound in the gracious room. — "You actually believe that fantastic story." he said. "You really believe you can kill me with a curse. Well, why don't you try? It's a...  more »
ISBN: 93330
Publication Date: 1942
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In this precurser to "Rim of the Pit," Talbot came up with a twist to the impossible murder scenario, and used a setting familiar in the genre: an isolated island. But when the police arrive the day after the murder, the victim's corpse is in an advanced state of decay -- after all the curse was "Od ROT you."

A great example of the Golden Age impossible murder genre. What a shame Talbot didn't keep writing Rogan Kincaid mysteries.