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Reeve was a Princeton graduate and attended New York Law school, then worked for a time as a journalist until the great success of his Craig Kennedy stories allowed him to devote full time to writing. He lived most of his professional life in the Long Island Sound area, then moved to Trenton, New Jersey in later life near his alma mater. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587152223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587152221
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,719,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon Steinhagen on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This collection of the earliest Craig Kennedy "mysteries" is both an exciting dip into early 20th Century reverence to science and a fascinating early paean to the type of investigation we, in the 21st Century, take for granted. If you are a fan of any of the C.S.I. television shows, the mere fact that Reeve created Craig Kennedy in 1910 should surprise you. Although not a "classic" detective in even the loosest terms of his period, whereby the detective relies on the powers of intuition, pure thinking, or the routine of casebook practices, Kennedy solves crimes by various chemical tests, blood analyses, and strange new devices that are all considered "wonders." Some of the best stories in this book may also be read as vivid adventures, such as "The Steel Door." If you're looking for the fair play "whodunit" puzzle plots often associated with Golden Age mysteries, you will be disappointed. But the Reeve stories are bar none some of the best imaginative fiction we have from the Gilded Age, and should be ripe for dramatization by the BBC or others. You will be hooked early on, but don't worry. There are other volumes of Kennedy adventures!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Roberge on June 5, 2011
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The book begins with a brief preface, a dialog between Professor Craig Kennedy and newspaperman/sidekick/narrator Walter Jameson. Kennedy remarks that it has always seemed strange to him that none of the large American universities are endowed with a "professorship in criminal science." He points out that the old college "ideal of pure culture" has gone out of date and that professors have become directly involved in many areas of social policy... except crime. The dozen stories that follow offer examples of how a scientist (Kennedy is a chemist) could apply his skills at detecting and defeating criminals.

While Reeve is obviously trying to make a point, he is primarily a good story-teller. He doesn't over-sermonize on the need for criminal science but lets Kennedy's methods argue the case for what has become the CSI we're familiar with. Kennedy uses his scientific knowledge not only to discover and analyze evidence (a methodology practiced by Holmes among others) but also to trap the criminal. The "advanced" technology featured in the stories--microphones, seismographs, x-rays--seems commonplace to us now, but that doesn't distract from the enjoyment of the tales. In fact, Reeve's enthusiasm for the technological wonders of the nascent 20th century adds to the pleasure of these short stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Y on October 22, 2012
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Craig Kennedy adventures in the silent bullet is a comfortable read along the lines of Sherlock but these take place in the early 20's USA. I have been pouring through all the Sherlocks and began on the Arthur Reeves series on ebook this year. I am enjoying classics that were never possible for a small town library to stock. What a wonderful device!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hill Country Bob on February 18, 2013
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This is a collection of twelve mysteries staring Professor Craig Kennedy who is crime scene investigator, and mystery solver. CSI has become popular, but these stories were written long ago, in the early 1900s, when CSI was in its infancy, if recognized at all by law enforcement.

Dated, but still interesting stories. An entertaining series of short stories.
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