The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-06-12
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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"A murderously funny fugue of the macabre ... Grave matters, elegantly dispatched." — The New York Times Book Review 

Algernon Pendleton — call him Al — lives by himself in a suburban Boston house loaded with treasures collected by his Egyptologist great-grandfather. His solitary life, punctuated by occasional visits to a shop where he trades artifacts for ready cash, would be lonely if not for his confidential chats with Eulalia, a talking porcelain pitcher. When an old army buddy shows up with a suitcase full of money, Eulalia has some less-than-friendly ideas about separating their houseguest from his fortune. Meanwhile, a professor of archeology is getting increasingly suspicious about the shop's supply of rare and valuable antiquities. Thanks to Eulalia's advice, Al soon finds himself trapped in a murder mystery that unfolds with ample doses of black humor. 

"You have to have a heart of stone not to love Algernon Pendleton, the mad-as-a-hatter murderer … Curl up with him and your doom is sealed ... Greenan has fashioned an excursion in to the macabre that is in a class by itself." — Saturday Review

"Oddly appealing, a sort of Arsenic and Old Lace approach that really works in terms of entertainment if you have a taste for the fantastic." — Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

American author Russell H. Greenan is noted for his crime fiction and absurdist black-humor novels. His books include It Happened in Boston? and A Can of Worms.

Table of Contents

Part One
1.Deep Matters
2. Antecessors
3. Exotic Commerce
4. Senescence
5. Conversation with My Friend
6. More Than What Meets the Ear
7. The Arrival
8. Filling in the Years
9. The Waif
10.At Dinner
11. Haggling with Suleyman the Magnificent
12. A Strange Performance
13. The Green Spirit
14. I Present Norbie
15. The Second Evening
16. Reflections in Bed
17. The Story of Roger Williams
18. I AM Forewarned
19. Considerations of the Dilemma
20. Missed Encounter
21. Monologue, Mementos and Mortality
22. Disposition
Part Two
1. Outgrowths
2. Another Visitor
3. Cross-Conversations
4. Aloofness
5. A Curious Curiosity
6. Phantoms
7. More Questions and Answers
8. Arcane Nocturnal Activities
9. Pique
10. I Am Coerced
11. We Uncover an Enigma
12. Ahmed and the Cached Pharaohs
13. A Little Piece of Business
14. A Consultation
15. They Make Me Look a Fool
16. Errand
17. Chance Lends a Hand
18. The Settling of the Turkish Problem
19. A Second Disposition
20. Results
21. An Interlude
22. The Calamity
23. Alone in the Void
24. At the Rutherford Grave
25. I Silence a Critic
26. Resumption of Life
27. I Am Given a Commission
28. Philadelphia
29. Idyll's End
30. The Lady's True Opinion
31. The Crocodile
32. Convalescence
33. I Attempt a Resurrection
34. The Summer Draws to a Close
35. Dumbfounding Discovery
36. The Nether Place
37. Council and Counsel
38. Pronouncing Judgment

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