The Hollow Man - Crimemasterworks 12 Author:John Dickson Carr MASTERWORKS is a library of the greatest crime fiction ever written, chosen with the help of today's leading crimewriters and critics. However they are categorized- hard-boiled, suspense, police procedural- all books int he series are the best of their kind.
A wonderful book from a writer whose mysteries range from top notch (this one) to basically unreadable.
This is generally considered the zenith of locked room mysteries, and contains the famous "locked room lecture" in which Gideon Fell enumerates the various ways in which a murderer can do his deed and make it seem impossible.
In a poll conducted for his anthology "All But Impossible," Edward D. Hoch asked a number of mystery writers to name the best miracle-crime novels, and "The Three Coffins" topped the list (Second was Hake Talbot's "Rim of the Pit."
Note: "The Hollow Man" is the British title for "The Three Coffins."