The Return of the Black Widowersby Isaac Asimov
Until his death in 1992, author Isaac Asimov would write more than 120 ingenious tales of detection and deduction, and in 66 of them he would present his armchair detectives, the Black Widowers, with the mind-teasing puzzles that they would strive to solve in often-quarrelsome conversation. The Black Widowers club is meeting again. In a private dining room at New
Until his death in 1992, author Isaac Asimov would write more than 120 ingenious tales of detection and deduction, and in 66 of them he would present his armchair detectives, the Black Widowers, with the mind-teasing puzzles that they would strive to solve in often-quarrelsome conversation. The Black Widowers club is meeting again. In a private dining room at New York's luxurious Milano restaurant, the six brilliant men once more gather for fine fare served impeccably by their peerless waiter, Henry. At table, too, will of course be that requisite dinner guest to challenge their combined deductive wit: a man whose marriage hinges on finding a lost umbrella; a woman shadowed by an adversary who knows her darkest secrets; a debunker of psychics unable to explain his unnerving experience in a haunted house; or a symphony cellist accused of attacking his wife with a kitchen knife. In addition to six stories that have never before appeared in any collection, this volume includes the ten best-ever Black Widowers cases, among them the very first to be published, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as the first brand new Black Widowers story to appear in more than ten years.
- Avalon Publishing Group
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- 5.80(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.93(d)
Meet the Author
Isaac Asimov wrote more than 400 books on topics ranging from abstract mathematics to the Bible not to mention two mystery novels and nine collections of mystery short stories.
Charles Ardai is a Shamus-nominated mystery writer, editor of numerous anthologies, and creator of the internet service Juno. He lives in New York City.
- Date of Birth:
- January 20, 1920
- Date of Death:
- April 6, 1992
- Place of Birth:
- Petrovichi, Russia
- Place of Death:
- New York, New York
- Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948
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What a fantastic book -- at their best, Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories are truly brilliant, and this book collects ten of the very best, along with six 'lost' Black Widowers stories that never appeared in any Black Widowers collection during Asimov's lifetime. Harlan Ellison contributed an introduction you won't be able to read without crying, and there are other treats, too, including an essay by Asimov about how he started writing the Black Widowers stories and a new Black Widowers story by this book's editor, Charles Ardai. Very highly recommended.