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Hall of Mirrors   By: (1906-1972)

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Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown is a captivating and thought-provoking mystery novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. This book follows detective Steve Dunlap as he is called to investigate a murder in a small town that seems to be eerily connected to a series of bizarre events.

From the moment readers delve into the gripping narrative, they are transported into a world of dark secrets, deceit, and a web of interconnected individuals. Brown flawlessly weaves together multiple storylines, each one contributing to the larger mystery surrounding the murder. The author's ability to create complex characters with hidden motivations is truly impressive. As the plot unravels, readers are constantly kept guessing, their assumptions challenged, and their loyalties toyed with.

One of the highlights of Hall of Mirrors is Brown's skillful storytelling and narrative structure. The book is divided into several shorter chapters, each ending on a suspenseful note that compels readers to continue reading. Furthermore, the author's use of foreshadowing and expert pacing adds to the overall tension and uncertainty, creating a thrilling reading experience.

Additionally, the prose is descriptive and atmospheric, painting a vivid picture of the small town setting and the flawed characters that inhabit it. The dialogue is sharp and realistic, adding an extra layer of depth to the story and its characters. Furthermore, Brown's attention to detail and ability to craft unexpected plot twists only further enhance the overall reading experience.

However, it is worth noting that the book may not be suitable for readers looking for a straightforward and predictable whodunit. Brown's narrative is deliberately complex, challenging readers to stay engaged and connect the dots along with Detective Dunlap. While some may find this aspect of the book refreshing and intellectually stimulating, others may find it overwhelming or confusing.

Overall, Hall of Mirrors is a captivating and masterfully crafted mystery novel that will undoubtedly leave readers pondering its intricacies long after the final page. With its compelling characters, atmospheric setting, and intricate plot twists, Fredric Brown proves himself to be a true master of the genre. For fans of psychological mysteries and noir fiction, this book is an absolute must-read.

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Hall of Mirrors


It is a tough decision to make whether to give up your life so you can live it over again!

For an instant you think it is temporary blindness, this sudden dark that comes in the middle of a bright afternoon.

It must be blindness, you think; could the sun that was tanning you have gone out instantaneously, leaving you in utter blackness?

Then the nerves of your body tell you that you are standing , whereas only a second ago you were sitting comfortably, almost reclining, in a canvas chair. In the patio of a friend's house in Beverly Hills. Talking to Barbara, your fiancée. Looking at Barbara Barbara in a swim suit her skin golden tan in the brilliant sunshine, beautiful.

You wore swimming trunks. Now you do not feel them on you; the slight pressure of the elastic waistband is no longer there against your waist. You touch your hands to your hips. You are naked. And standing.

Whatever has happened to you is more than a change to sudden darkness or to sudden blindness.

You raise your hands gropingly before you. They touch a plain smooth surface, a wall. You spread them apart and each hand reaches a corner. You pivot slowly. A second wall, then a third, then a door. You are in a closet about four feet square.

Your hand finds the knob of the door... Continue reading book >>

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