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ISAAC ASIMOV • WILLIAM BANKIER • GEORGE BAXT • ROBERT BLOCH • LIONEL BOOKER • GARY BRANDNER • JON L. BREEN • MICHAEL SCOTT CAIN • KARL DETZER • GEORGIANA EIDUKAS • RON GOULART • TEX HILL • EDWARD D. HOCH • FRANCIS M. NEVINS, JR. • ELLERY QUEEN • HENRY SLESAR • JULIAN SYMONS • MICHAEL UNDERWOOD
Another mystery anthology, this one centering about—well, I don’t need to actually tell you, do I?
As usual, I don’t feel that I can fairly judge this book because it’s of a genre I don’t care for much. The stories here are on the short side, overall (there are 18 stories in 240 pages, or thereabouts), which makes them go faster but also lend themselves less readily to a quick, superficial reading (which is what I tend to give them) since you have a lot to keep track of in a few pages. Asimov is in this anthology in the form of “Mystery Tune,” a rather weak Union Club mystery, which doesn’t do much for the book as a whole. I’d just as soon skip it, but if one happens to be a mystery buff who wants to read a book about crime and the arts—well, I would be willing to recommend this one. I guess.
|“Mystery Tune” aka “Death Song”|