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Book Title: The Deadly Percheron|
The author of the book: John Franklin Bardin
Edition: Poisoned Pen Press
Date of issue: January 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9781890208103
Format files: PDF
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"Doctor," says Jacob Blunt, "I think I'm losing my mind." Is he going mad, as he fears, or is there some reasonable explanation for the terrible things happening to him?"
We think, along with psychiatrist George Matthews, that Blunt is spinning a fantasy. After all, he arrives at the doctor's office wearing a scarlet hibiscus in his hair, announcing Joe told him to wear it. But who is Joe?
"Oh, he's one of my little men. The one in the purple suit. He gives me ten dollars a day for wearing a flower in my hair."
Okay, but who's Harry, the guy in the green suit who pays Jacob to have him whistle at Carnegie Hall? And what of Eustace, another little man who pays to have quarters given away?
Although first published in 1946, the colorful John Bardin has lost none of his extraordinary intensity of feeling nor his ability to shock the reader with a morbid psychology well ahead of his time -- although commonplace today. His link runs back to Poe, is contemporary with Highsmith, and hints at today's psychological masterpieces. The problems of the characters in Bardin's novels demand solutions that push the classic detective story well beyond the orthodox. The Deadly Percheron is as fresh and terrifying today as it was when written.
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Read information about the authorJohn Franklin Bardin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, 1916. During his teens, he lost nearly all his immediate family to various ailments. As he approached thirty, he moved to New York City where during his adulthood he was an executive of an advertising agency, published ten novels and taught creative writing as well as advertising at the NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH.
In 1946, Bardin entered a period of intense creativity during which he wrote three crime novels that were relatively unsuccessful at first, one of them not even being published in America until the late 1960s, but which have since become well-regarded cult novels. His best-regarded works, The Deadly Percheron, The Last of Philip Banter and Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly experienced renewed interest in the 1970s when they were discovered by British readers.
Also involved in public relations and journalism, Mr. Bardin resided thereafter in New York City until his death.
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