Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Quote of the Day (John Dickson Carr, on Clues and ‘The Fine Detective Story’)

“The fine detective story…does not consist of ‘a’ clue. It is a ladder of clues, a pattern of evidence, joined together with such cunning that even the experienced reader may be deceived: until, in the blaze of the surprise ending, he suddenly sees the whole design.”—American mystery writer John Dickson Carr (1906-1977), “The Grandest Game in the World,” originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March 1963, reprinted in The Door to Doom and Other Detections, edited by Douglas G. Greene (1991)

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