'Murder at the ABA' (1976)
- MURDER AT THE ABA. By Isaac Asimov.
Doubleday. 1976. 230 pages.
[a.k.a. AUTHORIZED MURDER]
". . . neither extremely good nor awfully bad, but just an
average plot that shined a bit brighter due to the unusual
approach of its author."
- TomCat, 'Beneath the Stains of Time'
"I remain someone who isn't anxious by any means to
read this book again in the future -- but I am far more
willing to recommend it to someone else."
- John H. Jenkins
Other brief reactions:
In his review, TomCat wrote the following:
"There are, IMHO, few things worse in a detective novel
than have the murder that fueled the plot be revealed as
an elaborately staged suicide and I'm glad that Asimov
didn't opt for that conclusion."
WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW
In the third (untitled) episode of the BBC series
DEATH IN PARADISE (8 November 2011),
one of the characters does that very thing.
Now, if that were the totality of the show's plot,
the producers would certainly deserve censure
and TomCat's reservations about such a stale
device would be vindicated.
However, the faked suicide was closely linked
to another crime, a 15-year-old unsolved
murder. In solving the present-day case, the
sleuth also solves the cold case. The victim,
by the way, was visible to anyone and every-
one for all of those 15 years. Ingenious!
Others may dismiss DEATH IN PARADISE
as "featherweight" because of its light touch,
but in the three episodes I've watched the
mysteries were substantial and -- while not
totally fair-play -- the clues were, more often
than not, shown to us . . . unlike, I'm sorry
to report, CBS's ELEMENTARY, wherein
we are meant to sit back and marvel at the
super-mind as he engages in this:
- TV Tropes