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Reviews by Al Otto

Bat Wing

by Sax Rohmer

This romp through a turn-of-the-century mystery with all the attendant mores withholds the real problem until the very end. It is written the the Holmes/Watson style and makes enjoyable reading. I was pleased to see that there were not voodoo rites throughout--that would have made the book tiresome.

Reviewed on 2009.01.04

Fire-Tongue

by Sax Rohmer

This book has a well-handled reveal as to the meaning of "fire tongue." Once fully described, it helps the plot along. The book bogs down somewhat toward the end. I was suprised to find people from India referred to as "Orientals" in the early 20th century. An enjoyable read.

Reviewed on 2009.01.04

Sally's in the Alley

by Norbert Davis

This is the third of the Doan & Carstairs novels I have read. They are always nonsense and they never fail to amuse. Doan is the most unlikely "hard-boiled detective." It is laughable. Of course, our hero unravels the mystery utilizing facts that are not available to the reader, but even so, it is a fun read.

Reviewed on 2009.01.04

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