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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

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Richard Kilmer

10 Hours 51 Minutes

LibriVox

January 2011

Audio Book Summary

It is the noon hour at a museum in New York City. The date: May 23, 1913. The weekday, attendance is light; the attendees are scattered between two floors. Suddenly a cry rings out from the second floor. Scrambling to Section II, the museum director discovers a teenage girl dead with an arrow through her heart. An older woman hovers over her whispering incoherent phrases in the girl's ear and offering incomprehensible answers to the director's questions. She is the only witness to the crime, or accident, as the case may be. How will the feeble, 83 year-old Mr. Gryce unravel this mystery when this witness is apparently insane?

Anna Katharine Green was noted for her scientific approach to the murder mystery. In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow she breaks more ground with her in-depth study of the psychological interplay between the murderer, the victim and the witnesses. Although more quietly paced, this mystery presents many elements of a current psychological thriller: blind ambition, narcissism, obsession and betrayal. Green adds a peculiar twist with the fact that two heartbroken relatives of the victim sacrifice virtually everything to protect the murderer.(Summary girlbooks/blog.com )

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  • Anonymous

    An intriguing mystery from the start. A girl dies in a museum, shot in the heart by an arrow from one of the displays. It is such a mystery that it takes Bryce and Stillwater days of painstaking work to find the clues. When they believe they have discovered who did such a thing, they do not trust their own instincts. So many questions that must be answered to the finest detail because if they are wrong it would be a great public embarrassment. Bryce is over 80 in this book and finds the case to be an overwhelming physical and emotional strain almost to much to bear. The reader was extremely ponderous. I listened to the recording at 1.25 speed so as to just get on with the story at a speed more like I would read a book.

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  • GilbertMouse

    A tragic intriguing story about an amazingly selfish ego-centric man and his murderous ambition.

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  • Anonymous

    I like the narrator the man has a clear and strong voice

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  • Diane Jacobs

    Good story. Reader a bit dull. Characters are robust and interesting. Story is "wordy" which seems to be the style back then. This style is prose which is enjoyable and makes some of our present day authors Sound too simple in their choice of words. I still love the new stuff though! Read this book, it's a good mystery!

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