By Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky
A hilarious spoof at the vintage country-house homicide secret, from the Russian masters of sci-fi—never prior to translated
When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives on the distant ski chalet on holiday, the very last thing he intends to do is get entangled in any police paintings. He’s there to ski, drink brandy, and hang around in joyful solitude.
But he hadn’t counted at the different tourists, an eccentric bunch together with a recognized hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky youngster of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses. and because the chalet fills up, unusual issues commence happening—things that appear to point the presence of one other, unseen visitor. Is there a ghost at the premises? A prankster? whatever extra sinister? after which an avalanche blocks the mountain cross, and they’re stuck.
Which is simply approximately once they locate the corpse. that means that Glebksy’s holiday is over and he’s launched into the main strange research he’s ever been concerned with. actually, the additional he seems to be into it, the extra Glebsky realizes that the sufferer won't also be human.
In this past due novel from the mythical Russian sci-fi duo—here in its first-ever English translation—the Strugatskys gleefully upend the plot of many a Hercule Poirot mystery—and the result's a lot funnier, and lots more and plenty stranger, than something Agatha Christie ever wrote.
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She might have screamed before the butler was out of earshot. He had just had to chance it. ” He came and sat in the opposite corner of the sofa, after which he put out his hand and said in a pleasant conversational voice, “Well, Linnet, I thought it would be you, but I had to make sure. ” As she continued to gaze at him in frozen horror he took her by the hand. “My dear girl, pull yourself together! ” Perhaps it was the warm, virile clasp and the dancing light in the dark eyes, perhaps it was the memories which these evoked.
Standing like that, she felt the warmth of the fire beat against the cold of her body. No, it wasn’t just her body that was cold. It was something no fire could ever warm again. There was a chintz-covered chair drawn up to the hearth. She sank down on it and buried her face in her hands. In the study Gregory Porlock was pouring out drinks. “Glad you were able to make it early. ” Geoffrey Masterman resembled his sister rather strongly. No one seeing them together could be in any doubt as to their relationship.
As she continued to gaze at him in frozen horror he took her by the hand. “My dear girl, pull yourself together! ” Perhaps it was the warm, virile clasp and the dancing light in the dark eyes, perhaps it was the memories which these evoked. Her gaze wavered. ” Gregory Porlock nodded. “I don’t look dead—do I? ” He had both of her hands by now, and he could feel them quivering and jerking like two little frightened wild things. He kept his hold of them and said, “Come along, wake up! There’s nothing for you to get into a state about.