Now stop with that I-told-you! Also, there are a couple of other mysteries that Vance figures out but keeps mum about because they have nothing to do with the murder and because he is such a gentleman. Thus the plot is good and it is another fine chance for William Powell and Eugene Palette, as Vance's police detective friend, to show off their acting abilities. For no good reason other than to prolong the period during which he can strut like a supercilious popinjay, keeping his secret, he delays for days telling his friend -- his friend! There is no logical elimination of the suspects. There is, to be sure, the less consoling explanation that I appealed to Vance as a kind of foil, or anchorage, and that he sensed in my nature a complementary antithesis to his own. I was listening to a podcast about the Elwell murder case, and they mentioned that it was the same case that inspired this book. I'd say watch this one, but watch it carefully, because there is quite a bit going on.
It happened that, on the morning of the momentous June the fourteenth when the discovery of the murdered body of Alvin H. And so, a couple of days ago, I took the plunge with The Benson Murder Case, the first in the series. Van Dine couldn't write at all; 2 Philo Vance is a pompous ass; 3 my dad read Ellery Queen. Some people are psychologically capable of murder; some are not. Some people are highly critical of this style- I enjoy all kinds of books. The author pretty much lays a case against every suspect- and as though picking a lottery winner, chooses the final murderer.
The way Philo Vance psychologically examines people is fascinating. I could not finish this book. The book begins with the locked-room murder of Alvin Benson, who is shot in the head. Please be clear in your message, if you are referring to the information found on this web page; or the contents of the book. También el hecho de que Philo se guardara información para sí, aunque al final explica por qué lo hizo y se lo perdono. In my opinion, this is what makes Classic Mysteries the best combination of two of my absolute favorite genres- Classics and Mysteries.
He also quotes a variety of classical writers in the original Latin, German, and French. Paramount also released a Spanish-language version, El Cuerpo del Delito, written by writer Josep Carner Ribalta 1898—1988 , and co-directed by and A. Van Dine, quando ha deciso di cimentarsi con la narrativa poliziesca, mettendo a frutto la sua erudizione e le sue doti analitiche, ha fatto subito centro, creando uno dei personaggi più interessanti dei classici del giallo di sempre, il celebre Philo Vance. Consider it if you'd like something different that doesn't read like a movie script. Lord knows there are enough trolls out there steeped in anger and negativity so I perfer to be encouraging if the writer has put in a worthy effort.
This book is part of the collection. The Benson Murder Case kicked off the series in 1926. Il critico letterario, noto con lo pseudonimo di S. I found that his affairs were various enough to occupy as much of my time as I cared to give to legal matters, and as Vance was able to indulge the luxury of having a personal legal factotum, so to speak, I permanently closed my desk at the office, and devoted myself exclusively to his needs and whims. The target for murder is ruthless stockbroker Anthony Benson Richard Tucker , and it's certainly a happy coincidence that all of his jilted victims conveniently turn up in time for that fatal shot, his lifeless body tumbling down the steps.
The solution itself is painfully obvious from the first time the murderer appears, thanks to the ineptitude of the writer. If the contents of the book, please be as precise as you can as to the location. The mystery is more of a challenge for Philo Vance and he proves that he is not only up to the challenge, but he hammers it all home in a satisfying finale. So we're treated to a whole gamut of bonkers notions, from physiognomy the idea that criminals have distinctive cranial features through gender distinctions in the committing of crimes. All that said, I read it with enjoyment. This was his milieu and in these circumstances he was the best ever.
If, up to the time when Vance summoned me to discuss the purchase of the Cézannes, I had harbored any secret or repressed regrets for having deprived the firm of Van Dine, Davis and Van Dine of my modest legal talents, they were permanently banished on that eventful morning; for, beginning with the notorious Benson murder, and extending over a period of nearly four years, it was my privilege to be a spectator of what I believe was the most amazing series of criminal cases that ever passed before the eyes of a young lawyer. I am so glad I finally decided to pick the series up, it's been shelved for me for quite a while now! Damn' stupid waste of a bargepole, doncha know, eh, what? Watson type, the character Van Dine disappears into the narration for several chapters at at time, interacting with other characters in the novel precious little. Of all the books that have some claim to being considered classics of the crime genre none have divided readers quite so dramatically as S. But once I made it past that initial introductory chapter and to the actual murder, the story was much more engaging. Frank Tuttle, a veteran of the previous two, directed this one and does a competent, but unremarkable job. Van Dine is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright October 15, 1888 — April 11, 1939 when he wrote detective novels. His aristocratic arrogance, his very affected English accent acquired during a prolonged stay in England , his contempt for modern life, his political views circumstantial evidence is, he explains, almost as great a folly as democracy , the fact that no matter what subject comes up during an investigation Vance will prove to an expert in that field - all these things will either delight or incense the reader.
Each explanation seems viable, and I genuinely believed each explanation, only to have Vance disprove his own explanation and go on to the next suspect. Unfortunately, the fact that Van Dine could not rely on previous authors to avoid unnecessary errors does not make the read any more enjoyable. Otherwise there are a lot of classic crime novels significantly better at what Van Dine was trying to do here. If something can be expressed in ten words using a Latin phrase or poetical quotation or a French one, or a German one or. Put aside your twenty-first century knowledge of the real world, and step into this narrowly focused story of old New York. They were popular hardbacks, filling the shelves of the house we moved to when I was 10.
Cover of The Benson Murder Case. Alvin Benson is found dead, shot in the head, and the clues in his house are myriad, from the handbag and gloves left on the mantle to the car parked out front during the night. It was there I met Vance, a reserved, cynical and caustic freshman who was the bane of his professors and the fear of his fellow-classmen. Makes perfect sense in context. The story starts with the art Connoisseur Philo Vance sitting at breakfast with Van Dine, who run his own business, when they're called upon by the district attorney himself- Markham.