|Return of the Black Widowers, the (2003) [Collection]|
by Isaac Asimov
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Series: Black Widowers
Until his death in 1992, author Isaac Asimov would write more than 120 ingenious tales of detection and deduction, and in 66 of them he would present his armchair detectives, the Black Widowers, with the mind-teasing puzzles that they would strive to solve in often-quarrelsome conversation. The Black Widowers club is meeting again. In a private dining room at New Yorks luxurious Milano restaurant, the six brilliant men once more gather for fine fare served impeccably by their peerless waiter, Henry. At table, too, will of course be that requisite dinner guest to challenge their combined deductive wit: a man whose marriage hinges on finding a lost umbrella; a woman shadowed by an adversary who knows her darkest secrets; a debunker of psychics unable to explain his unnerving experience in a haunted house; or a symphony cellist accused of attacking his wife with a kitchen knife. In addition to six stories that have never before appeared in any collection, this volume includes the ten best-ever Black Widowers cases, among them the very first to be published, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as the first brand new Black Widowers story to appear in more than ten years.
Edited by William Brittain and Charles Ardai
The Best of the Black Widowers
Foreword [by Harlan Ellison]
The Acquisitive Chuckle
Ph as in Phony
Early Sunday Morning
The Obvious Factor
The Iron Gem
To the Barest
Sixty Million Trillion Combinations
The Wrong House
The Men Who Read Isaac Asimov [by William Brittain]
The Uncollected Black Widowers
Yes, but Why?
Lost in a Space Warp
Police at the Door
The Haunted Cabin
The Guests Guest
One More, Just for Harlan
The Woman in the Bar
The Last Story [by Charles Ardai]
Afterword: Birth of the Black Widowers
Original title: The Return of the Black Widowers
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur
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