This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Very oddly compelling.
I can't think of very many good procedurals which also have supernatural setups -- Kate Wilhelm's Death Qualified is another I'm sure there are more, that's just one of the few I can think of right now. Very satisfying in that first-five-minutes-of- Prime-Suspect way in which everything's happening and you can't figure it out and it all isn't neatly explained, so it stretches your brain a bit.
Originally published in and some of the gender issues are very dated -- a Very oddly compelling. Originally published in and some of the gender issues are very dated -- a scientist will "never" marry a young heiress because of her genetic background can't they not have kids?
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But the female characters themselves were quite good -- I liked the spoiled Doll, the comically gruesome Lady Sospice, and "poor Posey" very much. The book really isn't about genetics or telepathy or corruption or crime at all, although Dickinson weaves all these themes into his central, real one: obsession. The children are like little fleshy rings of Gyges: what they are matters less than what other people do with them.
And the book itself is almost hypnotically gripping Dickinson makes even the tremendously stale copper-confronts-the-sympathetic-bad-guy endpiece which actually happens twice interesting -- it's a dangerous skill, like a knife: bright but with an edge. View 1 comment. The first of the Jimmy Pibbles I read--and I fell in love. Introduces the Dickinson theme of the possibility of the paranormal. Touches on the stately homes and decaying ancient families theme, as well as the larger-than-life man of science or religion theme. And as always, Pibble's introspection plays counterpoint to the events occurring around him.
Jul 05, Joyce rated it liked it. I suppose it should come as no surprise for those in power disliked him for some time. His latest investigation takes him to McNair House where he discovers a home full of children with a rare disease. Since the book was originally written in , it is littered with what we would now c 3 stars James Pibble has been fired from Scotland Yard. Since the book was originally written in , it is littered with what we would now call un-p.
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The women are stereotyped, as is the behavior of the men. I shook my head. This is a very good addition to the James Pibble series. I truly enjoyed it. Peter Dickinson was a fine writer. These books are well written, although the plotting kind of loses track once in a while. Commander James Pibble is a keenly observant witness to human behavior. He picks up on minute clues in body language. I want to thank Netgalley and Open Road Integrated Media for forwarding to me a copy of this great book to read.
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Jan 04, Lucas rated it it was amazing. It's been a long time since I dogeared so many pages in a book, because there's so much great stuff I wanted to look at again. Also interesting because I can't remember another mystery novel that takes place between morning and night of a single day.
Parapsychic phenomena "has already been proved, several times, best by J. Rhine at Duke" Now a w Great! Now a welter of reasons decided him to keep quiet -- quiet for today, anyway" And similarly, how remarkable was Rue, really? How clever? How good a doctor? Mightn't an elderly failed policeman elevate any young man who happened to be polite to him to the rank of genius? You make allowances for cronies because they are part of you; you have grown to fit in with them as a limpet's shell grows to fit in with one particular area of rock, on which alone it is watertight when the tide does out" I began to wonder it I was having mental problems because I couldn't follow the story.
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The book begins with a statement that the sack, no matter how beribboned is bad for a man's self confidence. A few pages later I realized that the main protagonist Pibble had been fired from Scotland Yard and even though this fact was reiterated a dozen times it was hard to see what it had to do with the price of tea in China.
There are many people and events from Pibble 's past that are referred to and I was I began to wonder it I was having mental problems because I couldn't follow the story. There are many people and events from Pibble 's past that are referred to and I was unbalanced by constantly wondering what I had missed and wether I should go back and read the first books in the series. I decided I might not understand them either. Weirdest book I ve ever read This was my first Pibble book and the story was so strange , verging on science fiction, but I couldn't put if down.
Now I'm very curious and will have to read more. Jul 09, Oyceter rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Really lousy. Jan 17, Polly rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , fiction , worth-re-reading , adult. A strange and disquieting mystery, as most of Dickinson's tend to be.
Laurie rated it liked it Mar 08, Contrarywise rated it liked it Sep 21, Near the end of her own career, 43 years later, Agatha Christie invented another world-threatening conspiracy in Passenger to Frankfurt. Here the revived Hitler Youth cause widespread chaos but will be defeated some time after the book ends by a great scientist's "Project Benvo", aimed to produce a designer drug that makes everyone benevolent and nonviolent. Quite right too. Leslie Charteris injected SF into several stories about his roguish hero the Saint — such as The Last Hero , with a nasty "electron-cloud" weapon created by a genuinely mad scientist who gets his just reward: "I shot him like a mad dog.
Margery Allingham's The Mind Readers introduced her long-running sleuth Albert Campion to a genuine telepathy machine invented by schoolkids, using the newly discovered element nipponanium. The really prophetic part involves trawling classmates' minds for exam answers, anticipating the modern tradition of copying your homework from Wikipedia. More telepathic children — whose powers are here the side-effect of a kind of sleeping sickness — baffle Peter Dickinson's hard-headed series policeman Jimmy Pibble in Sleep and His Brother.
These SF themes creep in everywhere. Much more common in crime fiction is a touch of the supernatural. Ernest Bramah's blind detective Max Carrados meets a tasty example in "The Strange Case of Cyril Bycourt", where the unfortunate young Cyril is driven half mad by gruesome recurring nightmares of the Black Death — eventually traced by Carrados to the then new-fangled electric wiring which carries bad vibes from a generator built over an old plague-burial pit. John Dickson Carr specialized in impossible crimes, usually committed in locked, sealed rooms.
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