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Still reading The American Gun Mystery. It's an early one- part of the formula title series (the nationality item mystery)- featuring Queen as the too too clever fellow written by the too too clever boys. Less than a hundred pages in he's already quoted something in German and made a reference to some obscure essay - "do you remember what John Doe said in "to the field mouse"?" or some such thing.
The murder is a pretty clever setup- at the Madison Square Garden stand in, there's a Wild West Show and the lead in the show, a retired Western movie lead- is trying to make a comeback and is killed, shot, during a exhibition shooting demonstration.

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Reading Ellery Queen's The American Gun Mystery, published in 1933. Ballistics plays a part in the novel and there's discussion of of the striations on the recovered bullet versus those on a test bullet- even matching the lines under a microscope. To the 1933 crowd, that must have seemed cutting edged. To someone who has the first three seasons of CSI Vegas on DVD, it just seems...cute. Like kittens.
That said, Ellery Queen is still my favorite tv detective- even more so than Columbo.

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