A Golden Age mystery featuring one of America’s most popular detectives of page and screen, “the perfect sleuth for the Jazz Age” (CrimeReads).
New York in the 1920s is the world’s most glamorous city, gleaming skyscrapers reaching for the heavens, and the hot notes of the jazz bands rising even higher. Drinking it like the finest French champagne is Philo Vance, an expert in art with the deepest pockets, the brainiest brains, and the most gloriously ludicrous pretentions in the history of crime fiction. When a scheming young stockbroker is murdered—in a delicious locked-room scenario based on a real case of the day—Vance steps in to solve the puzzle not merely because he is bored and seeking new entertainment, but because honor compels him to point out the myriad ways in which the police are getting it wrong. The cops of course are profoundly grateful, like all members of the lower orders when their mistakes are pointed out. Peter Wimsey would be appalled, but the reader will be delighted. Philo Vance (here in his first outing) is the sleuth you love to hate.
Praise for the Philo Vance series
“With his highbrow manner and his parade of encyclopedic learning, Philo Vance is not only a detective; he is a god out of the machine. ” —The New York Times
“The Philo Vance novels were well-crafted puzzlers that captivated readers … the works of S. S. Van Dine serve to transport the reader back to a long-gone era of society and style of writing. ” —Mystery Scene
“Outrageous cleverness … among the finest fruits of the Golden Age. ” —Bloody Murder