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The Crimson Fog
The Crimson Fog
Author: Paul Halter
#2 in Publisher's Weekly Top Mysteries of 2013 http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2013/mystery. In this fascinating novel, one of the masters of impossible crime fiction takes on one of the greatest criminals of all time. Sticking scrupulously to the facts, Paul Halter explores the Jack the Ripper murders and offers his own the...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781491244234
ISBN-10: 1491244232
Publication Date: 11/16/2013
Pages: 206
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

2 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Type: Paperback
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A disappointing Halter book. It's divided into two parts, narrated by the same person. Part one is about a seemingly impossible murder that occurred years before the events being described (late 1880's), as the narrator looks to unravel the mystery. Like a few other Halter books (notably The Man Who Loved Clouds and The Seven Wonders of Crime) the narrator becomes besotted with a young woman and Halter goes on and on about her beauty and charms to the point of tedium.

This part is only about 130 pages long and then the narrator moves to London during the Jack the Ripper terror and we get Halter's take on the identity of the killer in the last 70 pages of the book. I found this part tedious and thought it was about 70 pages too long.

A few of the author's impossible crime books are very entertaining (like The Phantom Passage, The Picture from the Past, The Fourth Door and his short story collection The Night of The Wolf) but this was a misfire. I give it an extra star for the new take on how the killer disappeared from the scene of the crime which was being watched by a score of witnesses.


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