Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Mankiller of Poojegai -- Walter Satterthwait

"Walter Satterthwait is one of the finest and most versatile of mystery writers." So says the blurb on the back of this new collection of stories, and I couldn't agree more. If there were any justice in the world, Satterthwait would be on the bestseller list instead of any number of lesser writers. Just the brief introductions to the stories in this book are so well done that they're worth the price of admission.

The variety of stories between the covers might amaze you if you didn't pay attention up above when the word versatile was used. Private-eye stories (one of them featuring Joshua Croft), cozy send-ups, Neanderthal detectives, possibly the first story ever written with a "chat room" as a setting, a story inspired by E. C. comics, and more. Open this book anywhere, and you can't go wrong. Prime stuff, every bit of it. It has my wife's favorite story, "The Cassoulet," which is also a favorite of Satterthwait's. Check it out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haven't yet received my copy yet (do I owe Doug money?), but everything you say in the first paragraph is true. But there is no justice, as you well know.

I can't wait to receive my copy. Everyone should own one.