Re: January is ending, so here is my list
- Dr. G_Fell once told me about Paul Halter and how comparable his
work is to Carr's, especially in the impossible crime area.
Unfortunately, he hasn't been translated and published in the U.S.,
and I neither speak nor read his language.
(Ahem!) Doug, how's your French...?
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "Xavier Lechard"
> *** Paul Halter, LA LETTRE QUI TUE (French novel)to make absurd things, just burn it and forget it. Ralph didn't
> Next time you receive an absurd letter from a friend, asking you
follow that wise advice, and all that he got was being caught in a
dirty story filled with murder, living dead women and nazi spies.
And it's only a sample...
> Paul Halter is a French mystery writer usually working in the JohnDickson Carr pattern. "La Lettre Qui Tue" (The Letter That Kills)
doesn't belong to the locked-room genre, however. It's rather a fast-
paced thriller, some reminiscent of John Buchan - and one of
Halter's best books in my opinion, avoiding his sometimes tiresome
relish in morbidity (while some characters here actually are very
dark). Characterization is deeper than usual, and the Londonian post-
war atmosphere works very well. But Halter remains the master-
plotter he uses to be and provides a astonishingly skillful built-
up, leading to a masterful reworking of an old trick. When Halter is
at top of his form, he is almost unbeatable, and it's the case here.