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El percheron mortal / The Deadly Percheron
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Imagine one of those s screwball comedies with the crazy situations, but substitute malevolence for humor. The Deadly Percheron is a murder mystery, poignant love story, and an unsettling and hallucinatory voyage into memory, madness, and despair.
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May 15, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves: He came into my office wearing a scarlet hibiscus in his curly blond hair. He has a perfectly illogical explanation for that. A leprechaun, not the three inch tall Irish variety, but the American 3 foot tall variety, pays him to wear a different flower in his hair every day.
Another leprechaun pays him to give away a certain number of quarters every day. The lad believes he is going crazy, which is a reasonable assumption. George Matthews is suitably intrigued by the story and breaks numerous personal rules for himself by agreeing to go meet Eustace the Leprechaun. Matthews is amazed to discover he exists.
He might be a Leprechaun, or he might be a midget, dwarf, small person, Lilliputian, hafling. Of course, any reasonable person will just presume he is a small person running some kind of scam, or he could be a wealthy, certifiably insane munchkin.
Regardless, the self proclaimed Leprechaun is not his client, but Jacob Blunt is, even if he has only been one for a matter of hours. When the Leprechaun instructs Jacob Blunt to deliver a Percheron horse to Francis Raye, an actress, as a gift, Matthews suggests that Blunt get clear of the whole mess, but Blunt is an earnest, young man who insists on fulfilling his obligations.
I really appreciate the way that John Franklin Bardin describes people in this novel. Her hair was long, loose, in lovely disarray.
Another girl sat more stiffly beside her–a small, neat, childlike creature with soft-brown curls and an open, innocent look in her blue eyes. The redhead glanced up at us as we came into the room, her eyes intense green blurs in her beautiful, blank face. Now, in my opinion, if you find yourself incarcerated for insanity, the first thing that moral should learn is what the institution wants from you. They will give you cues all along.
I begged her, telepathically, to start giving them percherkn they want so they start to believe she is sane. He has the proper training, after all, and soon he is playing the game. Still, he is a changed man when he comes out.
The only job he can get is working in a restaurant on Coney Island. This was because his short cropped hair was gray streaked with white and his jaw, that showed the remains of strength, trembled spasmodically.
But what made him really fascinatingly ugly was the wide, long, angry red scar that traversed his face diagonally from one ear across the nose and down to the root of the jaw at the base of his other cheek. It was an old scar that had knit badly and in healing had pulled and twisted the skin until the face it rode had the texture of coarse parchment and grimace of a clown.
What exactly happened to him between the time he felt that sharp blow and woke up in the mental hospital? I was first struck by this seemingly very modern word appearing in a book as old asbut then, after some research, I realized the words date back to the Middle English period of the 16th century, skelte hasten. John Franklin Bardin wrote several books, but there was a productive period starting in with The Deadly Percheron reaching publication, followed by The Last of Philip Banter and Devil Take the Blue-Tailed Fly k where he had more like a tiger by the tail.
He never became very popular until a British audience rediscovered him in the s. Now, he is considered by many to be one of the most important American noir writers. The plot of this novel becomes more and more complex as Matthews researches his recent past, trying to reassemble the missing pieces caused by his amnesia. Bardin overcomplicates the plot, which will stretch the believability of many readers, but his writing style is fresh, muscular, and gritty.
If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Motal all 18 comments. John Franklin Bardin wrote ten mystery novels, but it is for first three—written in a remarkable burst of c I like to think of John Franklin Bardin as Don Draper’s older—and braver—brother.
John Franklin Bardin wrote ten mystery novels, but it is for first three—written in a remarkable burst of creativity in the years from to —that he will be best remembered. Bardin was born in to an affluent family. Graduating from Cincinnati’s elite public high school Walnut Hills, he studied engineering briefly at the University of Cincinnati, but an unfortunate series of calamities—beginning in his teens with his father’s fatal heart attack and ending with his mother’s institutionalization for paranoid schizophrenia—wiped out both his le and his fortune and deprived percherin of a college education.
He worked many odd jobs—everything from bench worker at a valve foundry to bouncer at a roller rink—but perhaps benefited le from being a clerk at a bookstore, where he read and educated himself. He moved to New York City in his early thirties and lived there most of his life. The Deadly Percheron begins like a nightmare, a joke, or a shaggy dog story: But it seems Eustache has upped nortal ante. He no longer wants Jacob to give out quarters on the street, but percherons.
Those six foot high, pound horses. And he’s got one ready for Jacob to deliver right now, to Broadway actress Frances Raye, star of the musical Nevada! Then things get much weirder: If you like mysteries—particular the ones which have the bizarre, hallucinatory qualities of a good 40’s film noiryou should give The Deadly Percheron a try.
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Seldom will you find a mystery so intriguing and satisfying. View all 3 comments. El lector cae en las redes de Bardin desde el principio: Se trata de una lectura absorbente como pocas, de esas de las que no te puedes separar. I completely devoured this book and now I want to find more by the same author. It kept me guessing right until the very end. I suppose the plot is convoluted and the repeated bouts of amnesia may seem to be a little unbelievable, but I was so caught up in the action that I willingly suspended disbelief.
For most of the novel I was unsure as to whether George Matthews or John Brown mortwl an entirely reliable narrator, but that was fully resolved in the end.
Fabulous s Utterly, utterly brilliant. Oct 15, Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing. It was kind of like walking through e, smog, but it smelled nice, like a joke, or carnival food. He goes there and a woman is killed. There is a vague mention of a horse. People can’t remember who the main character is.
The Deadly Percheron
He thinks he might be crazy. He meets several circus freaks. Sep 13, Timothy Mayer rated it really liked it Shelves: Morgal Matthews is an established psychiatrist in New York City. He’s in his 30’s, happily married, and has much to be proud about in his life. One day a young man, nicely dressed, walks into his office wearing a flower in his hair.
This is not something that happens on a regular basis in The young man, named Jacob Blunt, tells the good doctor that he is going insane.
Little men keep paying him money to do ridiculous things. Sometimes it’s wearing flowers in his hair, sometimes it’s gi Dr. Sometimes it’s wearing flowers in his hair, sometimes it’s giving away quarters. The money he’s paid is good, but the little men keep wanting him to do stranger and stranger things. Matthews out because Blunt isn’t sure if the little men are real or not. To help Blunt, Dr. Matthews accompanies him to a bar one night to meet one of the little men.
And in the midst of the bar emerges an actual dwarf who introduces himself as an American Leprechaun. Next, he tells Blunt about the next job: There’s even one in a van outside the bar; all he has to do is tie it up at a given location.
Sure Blunt is the brunt of a hoax, Dr.
Matthews leaves the bar and takes a train home. The following morning, Dr.
Matthews learns that a famous Broadway actress has been murdered and there is a Percheron tethered in front of her townhouse. Jacob Blunt has been found drunk at the location. But he swears he isn’t the killer.