Robert Colby – In a Vanishing Room (1961)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Who — An amateur detective
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #94
Date Finished: July 1, 2018

A businessman, heading to New York to take a new job, witnesses some shenanigans in the Miami airport, leading him to be the unknown carrier of a claim check for a crate being shipped via van line. A redhead seemingly meets him by accident at Idlewild, romances him, drugs him, steals his luggage, and eventually turns up dead. Meanwhile, he loses out on his job, gets hired by the executive tied in with this crate, goes with the executive’s beautiful secretary to California, supposedly in search of this crate, but really in order to be bumped off. The crate meanwhile is not heading to California, but was stolen in North Carolina, then turns up in California, as does the executive and his killers. Convoluted.

Although I like a good short novel, the shortness works against this one as it is a bit too complicated to be dealt with in 109 pages. The death of the first woman and the replacement by the second doesn’t allow a lot of development of either character, while the logic behind the involvement of the businessman is too faulty.

Just the Facts Silver Card 2018-07-01

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