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The Counterfeit Murder in the Museum of Man

(The third book in the Norman de Ratour Mystery series)
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When Norman de Ratour discovers the body of Heinrich von Grümh in a car outside his beloved Museum of Man, he knows he faces a sticky public relations mess. What he doesn't know is that the gun used to kill the honorary curator is his own Smith & Wesson revolver. Implicated, publicly embarrassed, his life's work in danger, Norman becomes the prime per- son on a list of unusual suspects.

Along the way, he both lives with and is aided by Alphus, former denizen of the Primate Pavilion and a creature who has an intellect to be reckoned with as well as a low, finely ar- ticulated opinion of the human species. As Norman endeavors to find the villain and clear his name, he learns that more than coins gets counterfeited - that people, from the ravishing merry widow Merissa Bonne to the dour Feidhlimidh de Buitliér, are not always what they purport to be.

Replete with institutional spoofery, a plot hedged like a garden maze, and a literate style that treats the English language like the verbal funhouse it is, this third in the Norman de Ratour murder mysteries series sustains the genre invented by Poe while twisting and bending it into new forms.


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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: The Counterfeit Murder in the Museum of Man: A Norman de Ratour Mystery
Author(s): Alfred Alcorn
ISBN: 1-58195-234-1 / 978-1-58195-234-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Steerforth
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Counterfeit Murder in the Museum of Man (A Norman de Ratour Mystery Book 3)
Author(s): Alfred Alcorn
Publisher: Colrain Press
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