Monday, May 8, 2017
A THREE PIPE PROBLEM - Julian Symons
" Julian Symons provides a stylish spin-off from the Sherlockian revival. It tells of a fading actor playing the Great Detective in a television series who persuades himself that by following in the master's footsteps he can solve a string of apparently unrelated murders: the Karate Killings."
Once you get past the absurdity of the 'hero's fantasy you are still left with a quite absurd story filled with very unsympathetic characters.
This story was published in 1975 and I assume written just prior and as a 70's book its full of slang particular to that time i.e 'birds' 'poofs'. Language that has been consigned to the rubbish dump as it should be. I read lots of books published much earlier and they sound more contemporary than this.
So this is a short 'entertainment' which I would recommend giving a miss. Evidently the author wrote many mysteries that come highly recommended but this is all a bit silly plus its solvable three quarters of the way through.