The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton (Paperback)

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"A murderously funny fugue of the macabre ... Grave matters, elegantly dispatched." -- The New York Times Book Review

Algernon Pendleton -- call him Al -- lives by himself in a suburban Boston house loaded with treasures collected by his Egyptologist great-grandfather. His solitary life, punctuated by occasional visits to a shop where he trades artifacts for ready cash, would be lonely if not for his confidential chats with Eulalia, a talking porcelain pitcher. When an old army buddy shows up with a suitcase full of money, Eulalia has some less-than-friendly ideas about separating their houseguest from his fortune. Meanwhile, a professor of archaeology is getting increasingly suspicious about the shop's supply of rare and valuable antiquities. Thanks to Eulalia's advice, Al soon finds himself trapped in a murder mystery that unfolds with ample doses of black humor.

"You have to have a heart of stone not to love Algernon Pendleton, the mad-as-a-hatter murderer ... Curl up with him and your doom is sealed ... Greenan has fashioned an excursion in to the macabre that is in a class by itself." -- Saturday Review

"Oddly appealing, a sort of Arsenic and Old Lace approach that really works in terms of entertainment if you have a taste for the fantastic." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

American author Russell H. Greenan is noted for his crime fiction and absurdist black-humor novels. His books include It Happened in Boston? and A Can of Worms.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486832722
ISBN-10: 0486832724
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: June 12th, 2019
Pages: 224
Language: English

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