When a magician decides to commit murder, how does he do it? With poisoned champagne, with an African spear and blowgun, with a pair of 1879 English dueling pistols, with a 19th century Spanish pike, with a coffin, with a freezer ... or with ALL OF THE ABOVE? Maximilian Delacorte, known as The Great Delacorte, has summoned his agent, Harry Kendal, to his rural Massachusetts home for an astonishing showdown with his lover -- Max's second wife Cassandra -- and maybe Cassandra's brother Brian. The events take place almost entirely in a single room and are witnessed by Max's father Emil, the original Great Delacorte, who has been totally paralyzed and speechless since a stroke 14 years ago. Though powerless to do or say anything as the story unfolds, Emil narrates the events for the reader. This short, fast, and compelling narrative, though a bit of a strain on one's credulity, is one heckuva read.
This report prepared by David Loftus