|Israel Zangwill. John Curran, intro.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||184 / 2015|
|Publisher:||Collins Crime Club|
A man is murdered for no apparent reason, yet he has no enemies, nor can the murder weapon be traced. The room in which the body was found was bolted from the inside, the windows were latched, and there was no sign of an intruder. The baffled detectives agree only on one thing: here indeed was the perfect crime, the work of a mastermind. Published as The Big Bow Mystery in 1891 (and republished by the Detective Story Club in 1929 to coincide with a film version, The Perfect Crime), it was the first novel to expand the theme of the lockedroom mystery into a full-length book. This handsome reproduction edition features the original dust jacket, and includes Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."