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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn    by Colin Dexter order for
Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
by Colin Dexter
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Ivy, 1997 (1977)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

'No human action happens by pure chance unconnected with other happenings. None is incapable of explanation.' These words of Dr. Hans Gross, one-time Professor of Criminology at the University of Prague, have always been cherished by Inspector Morse. However, now he questions their validity in this mystery by the master of mysteries, Colin Dexter ...

In spite of being deaf, Nicholas Quinn is appointed to the Foreign Examination Board at Oxford. Unfortunately for Quinn, someone laces his sherry with cyanide. Another death ensues and Morse is left with a whole cast of characters, from which to choose a murderer.

While sipping pints at the pubs and rubbing the length of his nose with a long finger, he turns everyone's actions over and over in his mind until he finds the only scenario that will fit. The manner in which he arrives at his conclusions is intriguing, and very clever. His musings and explanation at the end of this engrossing book will keep you guessing until the last page.

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn is an older book, but one that will never really be old. It is as fresh today as the day on which it was written, and well worth the time spent on it. Inspector Morse is an old friend always welcome in my home ... maybe I should keep a pint of bitters in the fridge, in case he should drop in.

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