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Roy Vickers (1889–1965)

Autor(a) de The Department of Dead Ends: 14 Detective Stories

71+ Works 302 Membros 9 Reviews

About the Author

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Obras de Roy Vickers

The Sole Survivor and the Kynsard Affair (1965) 31 cópias, 1 resenha
Murdering Mr Velfrage (1950) 22 cópias
Double Image (1955) 7 cópias
Eight Murders in the Suburbs (2012) 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Murder of a Snob (1949) 4 cópias
Seven chose murder (2012) 4 cópias
Murder in Two Flats (1952) 4 cópias
Best Police Stories (1966) 3 cópias
Four Past Four 3 cópias
Murder will out (2012) 3 cópias
The whispering death (1947) 3 cópias
Bardelow's heir 3 cópias
Find the Innocent (2001) 3 cópias, 1 resenha
His Other Wife 2 cópias
Maid to Murder 2 cópias
The Sole Survivor (Bello) (2012) 2 cópias
Six Came to Dinner (1948) 2 cópias
Kanske ett mord 1 exemplar(es)
The unforbidden sin 1 exemplar(es)
The Judge's Dilemma (1939) 1 exemplar(es)
Girl Known As D.13, The 1 exemplar(es)
The gold game 1 exemplar(es)
The deputy for Cain 1 exemplar(es)
I'll never tell 1 exemplar(es)
The enemy within 1 exemplar(es)
The life between 1 exemplar(es)
Playgirl wanted 1 exemplar(es)
The man in the red mask 1 exemplar(es)
A Classic Forgery 1 exemplar(es)
Un Si Beau Crime 1 exemplar(es)
The Hawk (1930) 1 exemplar(es)
Sezione casi archiviati 1 exemplar(es)
Il letto omicida 1 exemplar(es)
Uncanny Tales 1 exemplar(es)
The Radingham mystery 1 exemplar(es)
They Can't Hang Caroline (2002) 1 exemplar(es)
Money buys everything 1 exemplar(es)
Kidnap Island 1 exemplar(es)
Hide those diamonds 1 exemplar(es)
Terror of tongues! 1 exemplar(es)
The girl in the news 1 exemplar(es)
Ishmael's wife (1928) 1 exemplar(es)
The woman accused 1 exemplar(es)
Red hair 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 401 cópias, 5 resenhas
Murder on the Menu: Cordon Bleu Stories of Crime and Mystery, Volume 1 (1984) — Contribuinte — 198 cópias, 2 resenhas
Blood on the Tracks (2018) — Contribuinte — 183 cópias, 13 resenhas
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Contribuinte — 179 cópias, 12 resenhas
Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1991) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias, 2 resenhas
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Long Arm of the Law (2017) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias, 1 resenha
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias, 1 resenha
The Penguin Classic Crime Omnibus (1984) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Best Detective Stories (1959) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
The Queen's Awards: Sixth Series (1953) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
The Black Cabinet (1989) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Classic short stories of crime and detection, 1950-1975 (1983) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
My Best Mystery Story (1939) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Some Like Them Dead (1960) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Crime Writers' Choice (1964) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Planned Departures (1958) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Detective-verhalen — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Best Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (1944) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Butcher's Dozen (1956) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
A Magnum of Mysteries (1963) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Choice of Weapons (1958) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
De bedste kriminalhistorier fra hele verden (1966) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Sixteen On: An Anthology of Railway Stories (1957) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1952/06 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Nye kriminalhistorier (1969) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Murder Mixture: An Anthology of Crime Stories (1963) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Ellery Queen's 1966 Anthology — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Verdens beste kriminalhistorier (1960) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Det ligner mord. 10 moderne detektivhistorier — Autor, algumas edições1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha


Conhecimento Comum



Decent short detective stories. My favourite was the one about the cat.
AnneMarieMcD | Jan 16, 2024 |
This collection of 10 short stories from the Department of Dead Ends describes criminal cases that have gone cold and are solved when an obscure clue turns up in the Dead End department. Each story has a similar formula: it begins with a description of the crime so you know from the beginning who committed the crime. then, 1-2 chapters before the end, a clue turns up that allows the police to capture the criminal.

The book is highly recommended to any fans of early British crime fiction
M_Clark | outras 3 resenhas | Dec 13, 2016 |
English mystery writer William Edward Vickers (1889-1965) was best known under his pen name Roy Vickers, although he also wrote under the names David Durham, Sefton Kyle, and John Spencer. He found his literary stride when he published his short story, "The Rubber Trumpet," the first of over three dozen stories originally published in Pearson's Magazine and featuring the fictitious Department of Dead Ends division of Scotland Yard (a precursor to TV's "Cold Case," if you will). Many of these are inverted mysteries, with the crime and perpetrators being known and the crime solved as much by luck and perseverance than brilliant detection.

The central sleuth in Vickers' Department of Dead Ends stories started as being Superintendent Tarrant and in the later stories switched to Inspector Rason. However, Vickers also wrote eight novels in a more traditional procedural style featuring Detective-Inspector Peter Curwen. Find the Innocent was the final Curwen installment, published in 1959. He's described by one character as being "large, rotund and homely, looking like a successful local auctioneer who contemplates retirement."

Three scientists, Eddis, Stranack and Canvey, are all suspects in the murder of their employer, Mr. "WillyBee" Brengast, who had refused to grant them royalties on their inventions. The trio work and live together at WillyBee Products Ltd., yet they detest one another. Each man gives the same story to the police—each claims the same alibi, that he was the one to stay behind alone with the victim while the other two men went into town together. It's obvious to Inspector Curwen that one man must be guilty and the other two abetting, but which is which? Complicating matters are the victim's beautiful young widow whose one-night stand with one of the scientists plays a key role, and the victim's brainy niece who "helps" Inspector Curwen while falling for another of the suspects.

I've not read much of Vickers' output, but I came across one criticism that his novels paled in comparison to his stories, and I think I can understand why that might be the case. The premise of Find the Innocent is promising—three suspects who give the same story with little or no evidence to prove or disprove which one is guilty—but I think the novel (novella, actually, as it's on the short side) would have worked even better as a shorter story.
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BVLawson | Jun 14, 2014 |
The book's gimmick is that the Department of Dead Ends preserves unaccountable pieces of evidence - a child's rubber trumpet in the first story - and through indexing, memory or simple instinct manages to use them to unravel unsolved crimes. The stories have something of the appeal of Columbo - a clever (or more often, lucky) murderer getting away with it until one niggling little piece of evidence brings down their deception.

Most of the crimes are Edwardian, which gives them the feel of one of those `notorious local murders' books. This is a world of clerks, music-hall turns, pharmacist's assistants, and parlour-maids. The people are called Elsie, Ethel, Hilda, George, Constance. They are murdered for their insurance policies or out of sexual frustration by respectable chaps with high collars and little moustaches.

This is a good quality edition (at least I didn't notice many typos or formatting issues), and there is added value in the form of a short biography of Roy Vickers and an appreciation by Ellery Queen, no less.

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westwoodrich | outras 3 resenhas | Mar 30, 2013 |



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