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    Les Blatt

    There's good news and bad news about "The Three Coffins." Apparently it IS still available - through the Mystery Guild Book Club. I still belong to the club, mostly because it does occasionally offer classic reprints, such as this book, which includes three Carr novels - "The Three Coffins," "To Wake the Dead," and "The Skeleton in the Clock." The other two, in my opinion, don't quite match "The Three Coffins," but IF you're a club member, it's a fast and easy (and pretty inexpensive) way to get "The Three Coffins." You can always join the club for the book, but be warned (the bad news part): the club is still a negative option club - every few weeks, you have to actively refuse shipment of books you don't want. Those books are usually new books by the same collection of "best-selling" authors. Nothing wrong with 'em if you like that kind of mystery; it's not my favorite stuff.

    Les Blatt

    Whoops - forgot to link to the book's page on the club website -


    "The Three Coffins" is also available in at least one library (Durham, NC.)

    "The Judas Window" is available for the Kindle -


    My suburban public library is part of a local network, and I was able to access a copy of The Three Coffins through it from other town libraries. Sadly, The Judas Window and other classic Carr books are not held by any library in the system. I assume that over the years, these favorites were lost to borrowers.

    Les Blatt

    Glad to hear that The Three Coffins is available through your library network, Mark. I'm surprised The Judas Window isn't as well, particularly as it is in print (from the Rue Morgue Press) and not particularly expensive. I know libraries generally prefer hardbacks; I'm not sure if The Judas Window is available that way as well. In any case, it's worth hunting for.

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