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Old 02-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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Piper, H. Beam: Murder In The Gunroom. v1. 19 Feb 2011

Piper is chiefly know for his Science Fiction works, but this is a very straightforward whodunnit, published in 1953 and set perhaps a couple of years before.

There are other versions in this Forum, but none in this format. Moreover:
The book, as retrieved from Proyect Gutemberg, had ‘blurb’ (which stands) but no illustrations.
The ones I have added reflect my own search to clarify references in the text to:
(a) guns
(b) other material, familiar for the period / place, but not to me.
I have also added an Appendix, with animations answering my curiosity about the differences between the kinds of antique guns cited in the work: it is entirely immaterial to the plot.
The References include links to further information and origin of the material.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #2
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I'm looking forward to checking out your appendices. I had to do some research, the first time I read it, to find out what a snaphaunce was, and why a Whitneyville Walker mattered, and so on.

Murder In the Gunroom is an excellent book. It's a bit heavy-handed in spots, especially about GS, but it is early Piper, after all. You can see the genesis of his other stories, in other fields, in there. I really wish Piper had made a series out of it ... today, he probably could. I've read far worse from bookstore shelves.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:25 AM   #4
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Apparently he actually did write two sequels to this, but he couldn't get them published...
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And there are probably no more boxes marked "pens"; it's a bit of luck that even one manuscript survived. Though I would have rather seen more Jeff Rand books than a Fuzzy sequel.
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