The Corpse That Walked

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Published: 1951
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,787 / 144 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 6,318
Added to site: 2009.02.27 23565

He wore another man's face. He lived with another man's woman. And he was to die another man's death. Alan Douglas found himself in a macabre masquerade that could have only one ending--murder. Beyond the door was a man who didn't exist, but who was intent on killing him!

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h the world in its present state, you certainly understand the importance of manganese."


"Well, what looks like an important new manganese deposit has been discovered in the interior of South America. Two companies, one European and one South American, are trying desperately to acquire control. The value runs high into the millions. Lew Hartley is also trying--and for the moment he's got the inside track. He knows things that the others do not know. Every move he makes is being watched by representatives of those other two firms. They're not sure how actively he may be interested."


"As long as Hartley makes no definite move, their hands are tied. He's being watched. He proposes to go about his life in the customary way. That is to say, he wishes to open his place in Miami Beach this winter, and to spend there his usual three months of relaxation. These other firms, once they are sure he is doing that, will relax. They'll continue to grope for the information they


Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

A young man of integrity is duped into posing as another man, to his peril, in this thriller. It's hard to believe anyone could be quite so naive, and that's just one of many unconvincing things in the plot.


A good and unusual story partially based on a very true but often
forgotten fact that it's easier identify someone by their gestures rather than by their face.
Gets your attention at once and keeps it almost to the end. But in the
final chapters the tension disolves itself in too many and too prolific
explanations of simple facts, in dialogs that revert to a succession
of monologues.
Good portraits of the principal characters but not much eh... character... beyond their distinctive physical appearance.
A good, clever plot but loses intensity in the final chapters, where the bad guys are fulminated and the good ones win too rapidly, to easily.

Linda Otto

Highly unusual mystery/thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is quite a departure from Cohen's David Carroll mystery series.

Alan Douglas loves Gail Foster. Gail Foster's father finds himself framed for embezzlement and must pay the money back or be charged with the crime. Alan is offered a heap of money if he will impersonate a certain rich man for several months--an offer he can't afford to refuse if he wants to help Gail's father. But...nothing is what it seems. It is definitely worth a read. Enjoy!

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