The Benson Murder Case

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The Benson Murder Case' is the first book in the best-selling 'Philo Vance' series of mystery novels written by S. S. Van Dine. When a local man mysteriously dies, New York dilettante Philo Vance steps in to assist the authorities in their investigations. After reconstructing the murder in such a way as to prove that the culprit must be five feet, ten and a half inches in height, Vance works together with his friend, District Attorney Markham to investigate the victim's business associates and romantic interests ...
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Overview

The Benson Murder Case' is the first book in the best-selling 'Philo Vance' series of mystery novels written by S. S. Van Dine. When a local man mysteriously dies, New York dilettante Philo Vance steps in to assist the authorities in their investigations. After reconstructing the murder in such a way as to prove that the culprit must be five feet, ten and a half inches in height, Vance works together with his friend, District Attorney Markham to investigate the victim's business associates and romantic interests until the mystery is finally pieced together. A thrilling book sure to appeal to lovers of mystery and crime fiction, 'The Benson Murder Case' is well worth a read and not to be missed by fans of Van Dine's seminal work. S. S. Van Dine is the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (1888 - 1939), who was an American art critic and detective novelist. We are proud to republish this antique text here complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781443720816
  • Publisher: Hesperides Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,180,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

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    SS Van Dine, the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright, created the popular fiction detective Philo Vance. His first appearance was in The Benson Murder Case, which was published by Scribner's in 1926. Another 11 novels appeared, about one per year, until his early death in 1939 at the age of 51.

    There are some, like the current Philo Vance wiki author, who believe "Vance's character as portrayed in the novels might seem to many modern readers to be supercilious, obnoxiously affected, and highly irritating" and, actually, that's true. Throughout this tale, I heard the unmistakable inflected accent of Lord Peter Wimsey, without his corresponding business-like masculinity. As Ogden Nash quipped: "Philo Vance / Needs a kick in the pance".

    But that's really unfair. Yes, the book is a little padded, and the explanations at times wearyingly long-winded, but there's also terrific charm. And, without question, the work is an expression of its time: the period shortly after WWI when New York was re-emerging from the chill of war and for the first time feeling its strength as a true International capital -- and before the devastation that would hit four years later as the markets crashed. It was a time of much greater class delineation, and certainly an era where being called an immigrant was not yet pejorative. Much of this tale inhabits the privileged class of which Vance was securely, and proudly, a member.

    So, there's my own long-winded way of putting it: a charming bon-bon of classic early American detective fiction that's well worth devouring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    Excellent Old Time Mystery

    Philo Vance is a stuck up aristocratic art collector and know-it-all. He constantly makes a fool out of his best friend the D.A. and the New York Police. The story has many twists and turns and you find yourself trying to figure out whodunit till the end of the book. Considered one of the best mysteries ever written, it reflects the thinking, manners and taboos of the 1920's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    A Simpler New York City

    S.S. Van Dine is a pseudonym for Willard Huntington Wright. THE BENSON MURDER CASE is the first Philo Vance mystery. Vance is an amateur detective and young aristocrat who is a close friend of the new District Attorney, John F.X. Markham. Vance mentions to Markham that he may enjoy going with him on a murder investigation. When Alvin Benson is found slain, Markham invites Vance to join him while he inspects the crime scene. The story is set in a simpler New York City of the roaring twenties before the 1929 stock market crash. THE BENSON MURDER CASE was made into a movie in 1930 with William Powell playing the role of Philo Vance. The film did not closely follow the novel.

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