Monday, May 21, 2018

Another Vance Mystery

Yesterday's post concerned a mystery novel written by Jack Vance, perhaps my favorite author, under the aegis of the Ellery Queen Industrial Complex. Jack Vance typically wrote his mysteries under his full birth name, John Holbrook Vance, and won an Edgar Award for best first mystery novel (he had written previous science fiction novels) for 1960's The Man in the Cage. The book, until recently, had been prohibitively expensive to buy, but it was adapted for an episode of the television anthology show Boris Karloff's Thriller:

The big takeaway from watching this is that one should NEVER imprison a Jack Vance protagonist- that only leads to heartache and eventual defeat. I also enjoyed the twist at the end of the plot with regards to the police informant who saves the day.

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