Gilbert Adair's "And Then There Was No One"
- Greetings -- I know that Gilbert Adair's Christie pastiches are anathema
to many members of this forum, but I hope some others will be inspired
to read his final Evadne Mount story by what I have to say about it.
(It is, sadly, the final story; Adair died in December 2011.)
First of all, "No One" is not a Christie pastiche at all. It is written
in Adair's own hyper-post-modern style, and "Gilbert Adair" himself is
both the narrator and a major character. Furthermore, the book is set
in the present day; Evadne Mount's presence is convincingly explained,
but I'll leave it to you to discover how.
Still, it is a murder mystery of sorts. The murder takes place in
Meiringen, Switzerland, home of the Reichenbach Falls, and the victim is
one Gustav Slavorigin, a much-hated author who's found shot throught the
heart with an arrow -- in the Holmes museum, no less.
From then on, the narrative takes some decidedly odd turns. I will only
say that the mystery is "solved" on a couple of different levels, but
other narrative mysteries are left unexplained. I can't say more
without spoiling this excellent and original book, but I would very much
like to discuss these points with readers.
So, if anyone has, or does, read "And Then There Was No One," do let me
know. And apologies to Patrick O and any other anti-Adairists if I've
given them a headache by praising their bete noir!