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THE NOEL COWARD MURDER CASE.

Baxt, George.

ISBN 10: 031208272X / ISBN 13: 9780312082727
Published by ST, MARTIN'S. NY 1992, 1992
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED by George Baxt on the title page. Near fine in a fine dj. (Neatly repaired abrasion at base of front pastedown); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 3834

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Title: THE NOEL COWARD MURDER CASE.

Publisher: ST, MARTIN'S. NY 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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The opening act at a Hell's Kitchen den of iniquity, man-about-town Noel Coward helps a friend investigate the club's three owners

From Publishers Weekly:

"Fame is so exhausting," laments this mystery's eponymous hero--but not as as enervating, unfortunately, as reading this latest offering from Baxt ( A Queer Kind of Death ). From the discovery of a corpse in a Shanghai river to a (surprisingly tame) conflagration in a New York City boite, the book's not-very-mysterious elements are rudimentarily handled. "A murder has been committed and I intend to conduct a very thorough investigation," announces Det. Jacob Singer. Characters evidence little individuality, while dialogue and exposition alike are lined out with no trace of subtlety. Everything is told rather than shown ("Noel looked world-weary as usual") and corny one-liners are plopped into scenes regardless of suitability. Moreover, Baxt should consider joining Namedroppers Anonymous: his scattershot celebrity mentions--in an apparent attempt to imbue his narrative with a behind-the-scenes period atmosphere--quickly prove tedious. The unkindest cut of all, however, is Baxt's depiction of Coward himself: this justly celebrated bon vivant, master of the witty riposte, is here reduced to a fatuous, insipid boor. Readers would be better entertained curling up with a cozy British whodunit while listening to a Coward recording.
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