November 14, 2008

The Vicious Circle: Mystery and Crime Stories by Members of The Algonquin Roundtable
Edited by Otto Penzler

Bon mot – The A-List author line-up here includes Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Howard Dietz, Robert Benchley, Alexander Wollcott, S.J. Perlman, Edna Ferber, Ring Lardner and Marc Connelly. The work inside isn’t always “A” material, though Mrs. Parker’s “Big Blonde” and Perlman’s “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer” are gems. Most important, there’s always great joy in reading writers who prize “voice” – and sound very much like themselves.


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