Let the tucket sound! Dan and I are back with our occasional podcast The Men Who Explain Miracles, and we’re taking on something rather special this month.
We’ve turned our attention to the list of the 15 best impossible crime novels of all time compèred by Edward D. Hoch for the introduction to his 1981 anthology All But Impossible. If you’ve not heard of it, you’ve come to the right place — details are in the episode below, and the list itself and a brief bit of background can be found here.
So, we’ve decided to have a look at the books thereon, discuss them, debate their presence and position, and look a little into the context of the list and how it came to be.
Fifteen books would, however, be a rather large undertaking at one swoop, so instead of our adopted one-episode-every-couple-of-months approach we’re doing five books an episode, and one episode a week for three weeks in a row. Yes, indeed — get excited!
No spoilers, so you’re as able to access this whether you’ve read the books or not, and due to my change of web hosting we’re now able to post the episodes here rather than over at SoundCloud (I will, in time, bring the first three episodes over to TIE as well and give the podcast its own page…). Discussed this week are:
Invisible Green (1977) by John Sladek Too Many Magicians (1967) by Randal Garrett He Wouldn’t Kill Patience (1944) by Carter Dickson Through a Glass, Darkly (1950) by Helen McCloy The King is Dead (1952) by Ellery Queen