CARR, John Dickson


CARR, John Dickson
(1906-1977)
   US writer, for long periods resident in the UK, where many of his famous early detective novels, such as The Three Coffins (1935 US; vt The Hollow Man 1935 UK), Death Watch (1935) and The Ten Teacups (1937) as by Carter Dickson, and others are evocatively set (although a number of his noteworthy early borderline-fantasy detections, such as The Waxworks Murder [1932], are set in France). After his inspiration regarding intricate locked-room mysteries and the like began to flag, and after a pious biography of DOYLE, The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1949), JDC began to write mysteries of a fantastic coloration, in several of which modern detectives are transferred (by a form of TIME TRAVEL) into the England of an earlier era, where they are involved in murders. These books are The Devil in Velvet (1951), set in the 17th century, Fear is the Same (1956) as by Carter Dickson, set in the 18th, and Fire, Burn! (1956), set in the 19th. An earlier novel, The Burning Court (1937 UK), does not entirely rationalize the supposition that reincarnated beings lie at the heart of the mystery. Some of the tales in The Department of Queer Complaints (coll 1940) and The Door to Doom (coll 1980) are fantasies.
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