Anthony Boucher wrote science fiction and was the celebrated editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Boucher also wrote mysteries like Rocket to the Morgue which blends a locked-room mystery with a Science Fiction cast of characters.
Lieutenant Terence Marshall, with the help of Sister Ursula, tackle a very quirky case. Hilary Foulkes, son of a celebrated writer, guards the literary legacy of his father by demanding premium royalties for reprint rights. This policy generated a lot of enemies for Hilary. And, Lieutenant Marshall discovers as he investigates a series of attempts on Hilary’s life, that many “persons of interest” are Science Fiction writers. Boucher creates characters based on Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and John W. Campbell.
This mash-up of detection and Science Fiction is an entertaining selection in the “Otto Penzler Presents American Mystery Classics” series. This edition includes an insightful Introduction by F. Paul Wilson. Perfect Summer Reading! GRADE: B+