- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 615 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin eBooks (24 July 2013)
- Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CKFMSL2
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- Customer Reviews: 46 customer ratings
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Trent's Last Case: Green Popular Penguins Kindle Edition
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One of the seminal novels of the mystery genre.-- "New York Times"
"One of the three best detective stories ever written."-- "Agatha Christie"
The finest detective story of modern times.-- "G. K. Chesterton"
It is the one detective story of the present century which I am certain will go down to posterity as a classic. It is a masterpiece.-- "Dorothy L. Sayers" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This is classic Golden Age crime writing as Trent sifts through the facts to work out whodunnit. Trent solves the case in the blink of an eye (sorry!) using false teeth and shoe leather but there's still half a book to read, so what has gone wrong? Well, as this is the first review, I am offering no clues except to say Trent decides to 'never touch a crime mystery again' - his 'last case'.
The style is tongue in cheek and high-brow; there is a 100 plus word sentence on the first page. It can take a bit of effort to read but Bentley was deliberately trying to create characters with more depth than earlier sleuths. There is a long section involving the wooing of his future wife which dragged but the use of a 'false ending' was ahead of its time for which credit is due.
It is a period piece in the history of crime writing and much admired by contemporary readers and authors. It is not strictly in the locked room genre but fans of John Dickson Carr and, especially, Michael Innes will adore this.
by a series of short stories.
Bentley, while a great admirer of Conan Doyle, considered Holmes to be impossibly perfect and lacking in most human attributes. Bentley was convinced he could do better in this respect and Trent's Last Case is the result.
What of this particular edition, published by Amazon? Its first impression is one of strangeness. No proper title page, no publishing history and 'interesting' typography. I can only conclude it must be a hard copy of a Kindle edition, an interesting kind of 'back formation', and rather disconcerting if this is not what you're expecting.
So what of ECB's first and only major excursion into the genre of detective fiction? I suppose it mostly depends on the character of the hero. If Trent is the anti-Holmes, he could have leapt directly from the pages of Ford Madox Brown. His life experience and role in the novel are as convoluted, though mercifully Bentley's prose is not.
Well before Simenon or Christie, Bentley portrays his hero as a real and fallible human being whose powers of deduction, though rigorously logical do not necessarily lead us (or him) to the right conclusion.
This is probably as far as it is safe to go without giving too much away....
Other mystery writers admired Trent's Last Case as a significant contribution to the origins of the genre, and it really is more than a historical curiosity. But of course the best way to find out is to try it for yourself.