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Investigation of three seemingly unconnected Washington, D.C., murders unearths skulduggery at the Asian Division of the Werner-Bok research library in the latest erudite mystery by a former Library of Congress assistant director ( Dewey Decimated ). Betty Crighton Jones, the W-B's CEO, assembles a snoop team--Williamsburg archeologist (and her persistent suitor) Steve Crason; Yale emeritus librarian Edward George; student intern Kit Chang--to track clues in D.C.'s Chinatown, the Rare Book Room of the Library of Congress and other intriguing spots. After an uninspired start, the novel picks up speed, and a gun blast through a glass door provides a smashing climax. But readers' responses will depend on how much they relish leisurely asides on Chinese lacquer, ancient manuscripts, the Boxer Rebellion and such aspects of conjuring as the "John Henry Pepper effect."
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When, in Washington, D.C., two of the staffers in the Asian section of the Werner-Bok library are dispatched at their homes, Crighton Jones once again calls on her chums Steve Carson and Edward George (The Best Cellar, etc.) for help. The trio, plus new trainee Kit Chang, are soon snooping around the stacks, chatting up the staff, including the strangely tight-lipped Dr. Wu, and patrons of the Asian reading room--one of whom is then killed, while another disappears and a third, a visiting bookseller, keeps donating semi-rarities to the Werner-Bok. Is it possible that the library is housing, in crates and uncatalogued, the better part of 20,000 volumes comprising the Yung-lo Ta Tien, treasures stolen from the Chinese Imperial Palace during the Boxer Rebellion? Taiwan, it seems, as well as mainland China and inscrutable members of a Washington tong organization, wants them back. With much charm and cerebral patter, Crighton and friends, with an assist from a Houdini expert, disentangle greed from patriotism, and restore peace and quiet to the library. A lively rendering of library acquisition procedures, Chinese bookbinding, Blue Willow china, and cultural cross-purposes, with occasional murderous interruptions. A jaunty approach to scholarship; a cavalier approach to mystery. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312078064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312078065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Kaye on August 11, 2013
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The late Charles Goodrum is a writer of delightful light mysteries, with a touch of humor. Set around the mythical Werner-Bok Library, his several mysteries are based on the Library of Congress where Goodrum was an executive for many years. He draws on the excentri-cities of the world of libraries, and on the special collections of the Library of Congress, to give the reader a delightful few hours of fun reading. Note the "double entendre" in the title of this book: A SLIP OF THE TONG. I had the good fortune of knowing Chuck Goodrum and working with him at the Library of Congress, and he was the same kind of engaging fellow as his books. Some of his other mystery titles were: DEWEY DECIMATED; CARNAGE OF THE REALM; and THE BEST CELLAR; plus a number of serious Library of Congress-related books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Polo on July 3, 2011
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Yes Gloria, this a another fine adventure in the world of scholarly libraries. In A Slip of the Tong, Goodrum takes us into the backlogs of uncatalogued books and the issues involved with book collections obtained from foreign countries during distressing times.
It's a reminder how much has changed in the years since this book was written and how much has not.
I only wish plucky and clever Ms. Creighton Jones was a librarian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paperlady on December 17, 2013
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Goodrum kept getting better - sadly this is his last book on the Werner-Bok Research Library. As with The Best Cellar - Goodrum has "created" another lost treasure - this one on the un-catalogued books in the Asian department. - possibly the manuscripts from the Chinese Imperial Palace "rescued" during the Boxer Rebellion.
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