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Puzzles of the Black Widowers

(1989)
(The fifth book in the Black Widowers series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
The fifth Black Widowers collection has stories from 1984 to 1989, 11 appearing originally in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine . Asimov again uses a real-life New York dining club as model for the Widowers. In every story a dinner guest is asked, ''How do you justify your existence?'' The guests--graduate student, government spook, bookseller, plumber et al.--dispose of the question, and then pose a puzzle for the Widowers to chew over--over and over. Invariably, after the chewing, the deferential, cerebral waiter Henry, also a Widower, comes up with the solution. Said solution turns on some piece of arcana--Bermuda traffic rules, the element with the most syllables--that most readers won't know or care about. Each story is less than two dozen pages, a relief because the writing is like unbuttered, unsalted popcorn: harmless but not satisfying unless you're already addicted. Asimov assures us the Black Widowers ''will continue as long as I do.'' Long life anyway, Dr. A.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

April 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Puzzles of the Black Widowers
Author(s): Asimov,Isaac
ISBN: 0-385-40037-3 / 978-0-385-40037-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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December 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Puzzles of the Black Widowers
Author(s): Isaac Asimov
ISBN: 0-385-26264-7 / 978-0-385-26264-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

April 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Puzzles of the Black Widowers
Author(s): Isaac Asimov
ISBN: 0-553-40201-3 / 978-0-553-40201-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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