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The Houdini Specter: A Harry Houdini Mystery (Harry Houdini Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2001
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The Houdini character is well-defined -- a showman and egotist, but lovable -- as he tries to play Sherlock Holmes, but inevitably finds himself lacking. Only his persistence and belief in himself pulls himself through. His brother also manages to keep things on track, chronicling the events, much as Watson did for Holmes.
The action is fast paced, the characters rich in detail. Thoroughly enjoyable.
The mystery is intriguing and the final revelation is doubly amazing when it is revealed that 19th century technology was advanced enough to actually make the solution plausible (I won't spoil the ending).
Get this book! You won't be disappointed!
a giant ego as he propounds a series of preposterous "solutions" that parody roughly contemporary detective literature, while his brother Dash acts quietly behind the scenes to solve the crime. In every novel, Houdini, despite his mental shortcomings and giant ego, steps in to save a life with his exceptional physical prowess.
It's usually good fun and a good read, but for some reason in this latest outing, things fall apart badly about 3/4 of the way through, and the ending is almost a slap in the reader's face, with a completely preposterous "solution" to the mystery of a murderous spirit apparition, and so many loose ends that the main and most interesting character, Lucius Craig, is as much a mystery finally as he was initially. Even the nature of the relation between Craig and his "daughter," although it is the subject of considerable innuendo during the unfolding of the story, is not explored--- and even worse, the "daughter," out of the blue and apparently as an afterthought, turns out to be in the novel's last couple of pages a person who will be one of Houdini's greatest real-life antagonists.
You see Harry and Dash here just before the end of the 19th Century, with Harry struggling, not so much to break into the big time, as to break into show business at any level. But if you know anything about the real Houdini, it may come as a shock to have his mother speaking fluent, colloquial english to newspaper reporters!Read more ›