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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Death For Adonis, by E.X. Giroux


A Death For Adonis
By E.X. Giroux
1984


A sculptor's model is found dead. To add insult to mortal injury, he's also been chopped to pieces. What's left of him is found in the arms of the artist who was sculpting him, in a house where everyone else has been drugged. The sculptor is judged insane and is shuttled off to an institution, where he spends the next several decades in a catatonic trance. Enter barrister Robert Forsythe, who's retained by the sculptor's niece to look into this very cold case. The hope is that he'll be able to clear her uncle's name.

I wasn't able to find much information on E.X. Giroux, aside from the fact that it's the pen name for one Doris Shannon, who turned out ten novels between 1984 and 1993 chronicling Forsythe's exploits.

As I've noted before, I tend to not be very systematic when reading the works of any particular author. But in this case I lucked out, given that A Death For Adonis is the first of the Forsythe books. It's also quite a page-turner, if I do say so myself. I tend to favor brevity when it comes to mysteries and this one comes through, clocking in at a mere 149 pages and whipping by in what seemed like no time at all.

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