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Let's All Kill Constance
By Ray Bradbury
|Let's All Kill Constance
By Ray Bradbury
Thorndike Press - Large Print, (2003)
Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - September 12, 2003
Ray Bradbury is well known for his science fiction stories such as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. However, he has also written a number of books in other genres. Let's All Kill Constance is one of these non-traditional Bradbury stories in that it is a mystery. This fast paced story is set in the Hollywood of the 1960's and follows the adventures of an unnamed writer as he tries to find Constance Rattigan. (The unnamed writer is clearly meant to be Bradbury himself - or at least his alter-ego.)
Constance is an aged actress who has been, she thinks, targeted for murder by an unknown assailant. She came to this conclusion due to her receiving the Hollywood version of the Book of the Dead, listing the dead and soon-to-be dead of Tinseltown. Constance's name is marked as one of the 'soon-to-be dead' and she takes this as a not too subtle threat. After receiving these books, she visits the unnamed writer, tells him of her plight, and just as suddenly vanishes. Her visit propels him on a journey through tinsel town on a mission to find out the truth about her allegations, and to find the missing actress before anyone else does.
This story is filled with a host of quirky characters, tons of puns, and the dialog is so fast paced that you get breathless just reading the text. Like any good mystery, Let's All Kill Constance is filled with lots of bodies, numerous twists and turns, red herrings, and of course, a surprise ending. In addition, most mysteries featuring an amateur detective are aided by (or aids, depending upon how you look at things) a member of the local constabulary. Let's All Kill Constance is no exception to this rule, and we find the unnamed writer paired off with the police Detective, Elmo Crumley.
Let's All Kill Constance is a witty and campy, fast-paced mystery that is a delight to read. Bradbury has always been one of my favorite science fiction writers, and now he is high on my list of mystery writers as well. Let's All Kill Constance is Bradbury's third mystery, and it is another outstanding addition to his vast repertoire of imaginative stories that will delight readers of all ages.
Bradbury's previous two mysteries are: Death is a Lonely Business and A Graveyard for Lunatics.
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