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Monday, November 26, 2012

"The Problem of the Elusive Cracksman" by Ron Goulart

Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 2012

Set in 1901 England, this story captures some of the feeling of that era as Harry Challenge of New York attempts to solve the mystery of the stolen jewels, jewels stolen by a gorilla who isn't a gorilla.  The story opens with Challenge tossed into the Thames to stop him from investigating the crime, but of course it fails.  The story doffs its cap to a famous monster story as well as thumbing its nose briefly if playfully at the sexual tension found in the noir genre.  A fun romp.

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