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The Philo Vance Murder Cases: 6-The Gracie Allen Murder Case & the Winter Murder Case Paperback – November 14, 2010


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: LEONAUR (November 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857064363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857064363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 27, 2012
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By the time these last two Philo Vance mystery novels were written, Willard Huntington Wright's fictional detective had become rather passé. Under the S.S. Van Dine pseudonym, Wright created a sensation in the late 1920s, but as the Depression unfolded and the Second World War loomed, other approaches to detective fiction took hold while Vance kept repeating himself in his formulaic, flat fictional bubble. Sales of Vance books fell off dramatically, and Wright switched strategies, working now through Hollywood, which had previously adapted most of his mysteries for the big screen. The Gracie Allen Murder Case was written expressly with such an adaptation in mind, using the comedienne and her partner and husband George Burns as characters. (When it came time to actually make the picture, Burns wisely opted out.) The novel is burdened with forced and unfunny humor and a plot whose resolution is telegraphed well in advance. The Winter Murder Case, on the other hand, was (I believe) intended as a vehicle for ice skating star Sonja Henie. Wright had penned a trimmed down version of the novel first, a practice he had always followed before, but died before fleshing it out. It was nonetheless published in its skeletal form and represents the very last installment of the legitimate Philo Vance canon. Sadly, it's an inglorious finale.
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