- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett Gold Medal Books (August 4, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701206772
- ISBN-13: 978-0701206772
- Package Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Benson Murder Case (A Philo Vance Mystery) Paperback – August 4, 1988
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As a close friend of District Attorney Markham, Vance manages to get invited to observe a murder case. Alvin Benson, man about town and prominent stockbroker, has been shot to death in his home. Vance turns out to be a torment to Markham, because he ridicules all Markham's conclusions. And Vance is always right!
Vance has astonishingly unconventional views on how to solve a crime. He doesn't believe in evidence, or motive or opportunity, or confessions. He believes in defining the psychology of the murderer as it relates to the nature of the crime, and then looking for the person who fits that psychological portrait. To elucidate his points, he uses metaphors from art and quotes the likes of Longfellow, Virgil, Anaxagoras, and Cervantes.
His flippant intellectualism, bantering air, and irritating methods drive the DA and the cops crazy. But of course it's Vance who pinpoints the murderer. And then generously lets others take the credit!
The Benson Case first appeared in 1926. But Philo Vance's philosophy of detection is surprisingly relevant today, when so many people behind bars have been proven innocent of the crimes they were locked up for. From that point of view, it's fascinating to hear Vance debunk police methods. But the main thing is, Vance is a wildly entertaining character. He's hardly a modern type, but I like that. I love vintage humor.