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'The Accomplice' (1905)

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    THE ACCOMPLICE. By Frederick Trevor Hill. Harper & Brothers. 1905. 326 pages. $1.50 A murder mystery treated from a new angle -- that occupied by the foreman
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      THE ACCOMPLICE.
      By Frederick Trevor Hill.
      Harper & Brothers.
      1905. 326 pages. $1.50

      "A murder mystery treated from a new angle -- that
      occupied by the foreman of the jury. After this fore-
      man (a scholarly, retiring man) has been sworn in, he
      comes into possession of special knowledge about
      the case, tries to resign, but is forced to continue,
      and plays a far more important part in the drama than
      might be expected. Mr. Hill is notably successful here
      in making the trial and the skilled strategy of the lawyers
      real and vivid. In plot and management the story is quite
      unusual and really exciting. The love story is by no
      means so good."
      - Unsigned
      - "Books of the Week"
      - THE OUTLOOK
      - May 27, 1905
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/Outlook-1905may27-00244

      Review excerpt:

      "[SPOILERS DELETED] There is a marked absence
      of the gruesome in this cheerful little novel of murder
      and courtship. Furthermore, the solution of the
      mystery is not without originality. To divulge the
      surprise would be to rival the crime. The reader who
      is not too insistent on courtroom probabilities, will
      find some entertainment in following the clue to the
      end, and may justly perceive a certain cleverness in
      the tilts between the prosecutor and the counsel for
      defendant."
      - Unsigned
      - "More Novels"
      - THE NATION
      - August 10, 1905
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/Nation-1905aug10-00122

      Online here:
      - Mellow yellow background for easy reading
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/HillFrederick-1905?View=ReadIt2

      UNZ index for Frederick Trevor Hill, 59 items:
      - http://www.unz.org/Author/HillFrederickTrevor?Col=-1
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