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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
By: (1846-1935)

It is the noon hour at a museum in New York City. The date: May 23, 1913. The weekday, attendance is light; the attendees are scattered between two floors. Suddenly a cry rings out from the second floor. Scrambling to Section II, the museum director discovers a teenage girl dead with an arrow through her heart. An older woman hovers over her whispering incoherent phrases in the girl's ear and offering incomprehensible answers to the director's questions. She is the only witness to the crime, or accident, as the case may be. How will the feeble, 83 year-old Mr. Gryce unravel this mystery when this witness is apparently insane?

Anna Katharine Green was noted for her scientific approach to the murder mystery. In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow she breaks more ground with her in-depth study of the psychological interplay between the murderer, the victim and the witnesses. Although more quietly paced, this mystery presents many elements of a current psychological thriller: blind ambition, narcissism, obsession and betrayal. Green adds a peculiar twist with the fact that two heartbroken relatives of the victim sacrifice virtually everything to protect the murderer.

First Page:

THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW

by

ANNA KATHARINE GREEN

Author of "The Chief Legatee," "That Affair Next Door," "A Strange Disappearance," Etc.

With Frontispiece by H. R. Ballinger

[Illustration: "Do not by any show of curiosity endanger her recovery. I would not have her body or mind sacrificed on any account."]

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York Published by Arrangement with Dodd, Mead & Company Copyright, 1917, By Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc. Made in U.S.A.

CONTENTS

BOOK I A PROBLEM OF THE FIRST ORDER

CHAPTER

I "Let Some One Speak!"

II In Room B

III "I Have Something to Show You"

IV A Strategic Move

V Three Where Two Should Be

VI The Man in the Gallery

VII "You Think that of Me!"

BOOK II MR. X

VIII On the Search

IX While the City Slept

X "And He Stood Here?"

XI Footsteps

XII "Spare Nobody! I Say, Spare Nobody!"

XIII "Write Me His Name"

XIV A Loop of Silk

XV News from France

BOOK III STORM IN THE MOUNTAINS

XVI Friends

XVII The Cuckoo Clock

XVIII Mrs... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 28, 2013
Subject: Inspector Gryce at his best
A very different and ironic plot. It kept me guessing all the way to the end.


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