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The Deadly Percheron [Paperback]

By John Franklin Bardin & Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by)
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"The opening chapter defies description. Imagine one of those 1930s screwball comedies with the crazy situations, but substitute malevolence for humor."-Karl Edward Wagner

"Doctor, I'm losing my mind." So begins John Franklin Bardin's unconventional crime thriller in which a psychiatrist attempts to help his patient lead to a dead-end world of amnesia and social outcasts. The Deadly Percheron is a murder mystery, poignant love story, and an unsettling and hallucinatory voyage into memory, madness, and despair.



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Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   Millipede Press
ISBN  1933618108  
ISBN13  9781933618104  


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An off-beat noirish mystery -- but nothing special  Sep 9, 2008
Having recently come across several favorable references to the novels of John Franklin Bardin, especially THE DEADLY PERCHERON, I decided to give it a try. The story takes place in New York City in 1943-1944. The narrator is a psychiatrist by the name of George Matthews. The novel begins when a new patient enters his office wearing a scarlet hibiscus in his hair and announces "Doctor, I think I'm losing my mind." Strange things involving leprechauns have been happening to the patient, so he consults Dr. Matthews. And Matthews is quickly sucked into a vortex of bizarre events -- including murdered bodies with percherons left tethered nearby, amnesia induced by blows to the head and drug/shock therapy, a knife-throwing midget, and a Coney Island funhouse.

THE DEADLY PERCHERON might have been somewhat novel in style and themes in 1946, but no longer. It has some decent scenes exploring identity, sanity versus insanity, and amnesia and memory, but on the whole the book is nothing special. Something that I read said Bardin's work was similar to that of Patricia Highsmith, but for my money Highsmith's Ripley novels are much more engaging, suspenseful, and memorable than THE DEADLY PERCHERON.
 
A surprise !!!  Feb 11, 2007

I should confess that I did not know about the author before I bought this novel. In fact I bought it for my mother as a Xmas present.After reading it she told me, "it' s amazing you have to read it too!!!"
What a surprise!! She was right, it is one of the best novels I've ever read. A cocktail of madness, crime and human nature that will make you read without pause till you finish it.
The fact that Bardin' s mother suffered from a mental disorder made the author to include this thematic in this novel and part of his work
So if you want to read one of the best novels you can find buy it now...you will not regret.
 
Pulls you in, but then drags on.  Dec 18, 2005
Better written than many novels today and captures a flavor of yesteryear. The ending drags out a bit, but it is fun to see where the author takes you.
 
WHO KILLED FRANCES RAYE?  Nov 26, 2000
Dr George Matthews, a psychiatrist, encounters a patient who claims he is paid by a leprechaun to wear a flower in his hair. Another, he claims, pays him to whistle at Carnegie Hall during performances. A third pays him to give quarters away. Jacob Blunt wants Dr Matthews to confirm that he's mad. Dr Matthews is curious, so he accompanies his patient to a rendezvous with one of the leprechauns. His name is Eustace and he isn't at all pleased to see the doctor.

So begins the Deadly Percheron. After that it gets strange. First published in 1946 this unique murder mystery transcends the boundaries of the genre. It's noir, it's nightmarish, it's compulsive. John Franklin Bardin drags the reader into a world where the nature of identity is constantly questioned. Is our hero who he says he is? Can he be trusted? Is he, in fact, sane? Reality, as seen through his eyes, is a shifting kaleidoscope of memories.

As the murders mount up the fragments of his shattered psyche are slotted together. Slowly reality stabilises. At the end of the novel, but only then, it all makes sense. Who killed Frances Raye? Well, now, let's start at the beginning..."Jacob Blunt was my last patient. He came into my office wearing a scarlet hibiscus in his curly blond hair. He sat down in the easy chair across from my desk, and said, "Doctor, I think I'm losing my mind.""

 
WHO KILLED FRANCES RAYE?  Nov 26, 2000
Dr George Matthews, a psychiatrist, encounters a patient who claims he is paid by a leprechaun to wear a flower in his hair. Another, he claims, pays him to whistle at Carnegie Hall during performances. A third pays him to give quarters away. Jacob Blunt wants Dr Matthews to confirm that he's mad. Dr Matthews is curious, so he accompanies his patient to a rendezvous with one of the leprechauns. His name is Eustace and he isn't at all pleased to see the doctor.

So begins the Deadly Percheron. After that it gets strange. First published in 1946 this unique murder mystery transcends the boundaries of the genre. It's noir, it's nightmarish, it's compulsive. John Franklin Bardin drags the reader into a world where the nature of identity is constantly questioned. Is our hero who he says he is? Can he be trusted? Is he, in fact, sane? Reality, as seen through his eyes, is a shifting kaleidoscope of memories.

As the murders mount up the fragments of his shattered psyche are slotted together. Slowly reality stabilises. At the end of the novel, but only then, it all makes sense. Who killed Frances Raye? Well, now, let's start at the beginning..."Jacob Blunt was my last patient. He came into my office wearing a scarlet hibiscus in his curly blond hair. He sat down in the easy chair across from my desk, and said, "Doctor, I think I'm losing my mind.""

 

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