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Professor Van Dusen: The Thinking Machine (Fingerprint Classics #4) [Paperback]

By Jacques Futrelle (Author)
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In this fourth book in the Fingerprint Classics series, JourneyForth brings you ten separate mystery stories by American author Jacques Futrelle, who perished in the first and only voyage of the ill-fated cruise ship Titanic. Whether it involves escaping from an ironclad cell, finding a bank robber's hidden stash, or dousing a flaming phantom, monumental dilemmas shrink to gnat-sized proportions in the wake of the reasoning power of Futrelle's eccentric Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen-the Thinking Machine.

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Professor Van Dusen: The Thinking Machine (Fingerprint Classics #4) by Jacques Futrelle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Voice of Youth Advocates - 04/01/2006 page 42

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Studio: Journeyforth
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Journeyforth
Age  12
Series  Fingerprint Classics  
Series Number  4  
ISBN  1591663849  
ISBN13  9781591663843  

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Mysteries with logic at its center  Jan 13, 2006
Can logic solve any problem? Professor Van Dusen thinks so. In this collection of stories, he sets out to prove the infallibility of logic in some most extraordinary ways.

Each story features the classic elements of an apparently unsolvable problem. Yet, Professor Van Dusen remains calm and collected as he puts his thinking skills to work. Readers will enjoy the variety of dilemmas he encounters, and will marvel at the solutions! Whether he is finding something that is stolen or escaping from a prison cell, each tale takes some unexpected turns before arriving at a perfectly logical conclusion.

The journey of this book from the author to its current publication is just as interesting as the stories. Jacques Futrelle developed the character of Van Dusen, "The Thinking Machine," during the early 1900's. Many of these stories appeared in serial form in magazines. In 1912, Futrelle traveled to Europe to seek a wider audience for his work. His return trip to America was on board the Titanic. Although Futrelle perished, these wonderful tales remain available for today's readers.

The target audience is young adult, but anyone who loves a good mystery will enjoy this book. The writing is clear and direct, and the predicaments are cleverly constructed. Each story features a different set of circumstances, but all have the principle of logic at its center. The character of Professor Van Dusen is both annoyingly ill-tempered and amazingly intelligent. This unique combination creates a different type of hero, but one that will certainly gain the admiration of readers. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

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