Now You See It

Now You See It

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Maximillian Delacorte was once the world's greatest stage magician. Now a recluse, suffering from a mysterious disease, he lures his family and associates to his lonely estate for an afternoon of magic, madness, and revenge. Bodies appear and disappear without warning, severed heads speak words of hate, and nothing is ever quite what it appears. As grisly tricks lead to ever more surprising twists, not even the Great Delacorte can tell where illusion ends--and murder begins.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2003, c1995
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed. --
ISBN: 9780765308726
076530872X
Branch Call Number: FIC/MAT 4565 1

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RobertPowers
Feb 14, 2016

The first time I tried this out I had to put it down for a few days and ignore it. The second time I decided to ignore the premise which admittedly I found a little derivative. This time out I saw this one set story as a play. Or more precisely: a farce. It is a locked door mystery that is overly complicated and should not nor could not be taken seriously. Just one twist too many. However viewed as a comedy on the stage with me as the sole audience I did enjoy this. To be honest I did actually find myself laughing at the needless plot twists. I have never read Richard Matheson before. It reads easily flowing from chapter to chapter. But, please, let's hope his other books (such as the classics I Am Legend, Stir Of Echoes, Hell House) are with a far less complicated plot. In the right mood for plot twists and double dealing this was a rather good read. Mystery writers or their fans should get a kick out of this.

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