Gentle Murderer

Gentle Murderer[Read] ➭ Gentle Murderer Author Dorothy Salisbury Davis – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A frightening confession leads a priest to hunt down a murderer in Grand Master of crime fiction Dorothy Salisbury Davis’s bestselling novel which critic Anthony Boucher called “one of the best de A frightening confession leads a priest to hunt down a murderer in Grand Master of crime fiction Dorothy Salisbury Davis’s bestselling novel which critic Anthony Boucher called “one of the best detective stories of modern times”On a hot Saturday night in Manhattan Father Duffy sits in a confessional growing alarmed as he listens to the voice of a distraught young man who speaks of bloody hair and a dead woman and a compulsion to do things with a hammer that he does not understand Before the priest can persuade the man to confess to the police the killer flees still clutching the hammerThe next day Father Duffy learns that a high class call girl on the East Side has been savagely murdered and no suspect has been found As he searches for the disturbed young man who he fears will kill again cerebral New York Police detective Sergeant Ben Goldsmith takes the lead in the investigation of the call girl murder racing against the clock to catch a very clever killer who when enraged cannot control his need to swing a hammer. This hardcover is the first Gregg Press edition of a paperback published by Bantam Books in 1953The book contains a new introduction by Ms DavisAnthony Boucher called this book one of the best detective stories of modern timesDorothy Margaret Salisbury Davis April 25 1916 − August 3 2014 This was her second book A well written if rather ploddingly paced procedural with one of those likable and misunderstood killers one step ahead of the copsTim Brandon's a poor woobikins who from what I could gather was out and out molested by his mom hated by his dad for being a sissy poet and has a real whore madonna complex When he's robbed of his illusions or think he's protecting virginal womanhood he busts out his little hammer and goes to town on slutty skullsAfter he bashes in the head of a call girl he realizes he has a bit of a problem So he goes to confession and then vanishes into the streets of New York On his tail is the priest to whom he confessed who wants to get him to the police for safe redemption Also trailing him is a cop who is just doing his duty and wants to catch him before he kills againSince Tim is currently being drooled over by his horny midlife crisis landlady and her young daughter albeit in a chaste and poetry courting way he's getting that urge to dispense biblical justice via the claw endLots of short chapters and switching POVs as we move between the characters It wasn't brilliant or even all that gripping but I enjoyed the vintage crime aspect of it 35 stars Sad not to discover a writer until they die but glad that I finally found Dorothy Salisbury Davis This is beautifully crafted a bit slow at times but I enjoyed it immensely Until I read her obituary in the NY Times a few weeks ago I had never heard of Dorothy Salisbury Davis Now after reading A Gentle Murderer I look forward to reading many of her books It's so nice to discover a new writer even though she'll write no A frightening confession leads a priest to hunt down a murderer in Grand Master of crime fiction Dorothy Salisbury Davis's bestselling novel which critic Anthony Boucher called one of the best detective stories of modern times On a hot Saturday night in Manhattan Father Duffy sits in a confessional growing alarmed as he listens to the voice of a distraught young man who speaks of bloody hair and a dead woman and a compulsion to do things with a hammer that he does not understand Before the priest can persuade the man to confess to the police the killer flees still clutching the hammer The next day Father Duffy learns that a high class call girl on the East Side has been savagely murdered and no suspect has been found As he searches for the disturbed young man who he fears will kill again cerebral New York Police detective Sergeant Ben Goldsmith takes the lead in the investigation of the call girl murder racing against the clock to catch a very clever killer who when enraged cannot control his need to swing a hammer This is a 1950s book written by Dorothy Salisbury Davis The setting is in Manhattan New York It starts with a person going to church and confessed to Father Duffy that he has just murdered somebody and then promptly disappeared What follows then are what happened to that mentally unbalanced person what Father Duffy did to try to find him as well as the police's investigation into the murder I find the writing very long winded and boring However the structure of the book is an interesting one It runs along three parallel tracks One follows the murderer the second follows Father Duffy's journey to try to identify and find him and the third is the police's efforts to do the same At the end the three parties converge and brought the story to a climax While I enjoyed the part about Father Duffy and the police in the persons of Lieutenant Holden and Sergeant Goldsmith of the NYPD Homicide Suad I find the part about the murderer Tim Brandon very long drawn out and is a distraction to the overall story

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  • Gentle Murderer
  • Dorothy Salisbury Davis
  • 09 November 2015
  • 9780380607150