Re: RARA-AVIS: poisoning

John Woolley (
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 15:34:30 -0700 (MST) Day Keene's first murder story, "A Great Whirring of Wings",
features perhaps the stupidest fictional murder method I've
ever run into -- poison administered by the murderer's putting
poison on birds' beaks and having them peck the victim. In
spite of which, it's a really good story, well written, with a
narrator who, we gradually realize, is stark staring nuts.

Then there's Cornell Woolrich's "Death Sits in the Dentist's
Chair", with the dentist putting cyanide inside fillings to
try to implicate another dentist!

And "D. O. A.", a classic film noir, whose hero, fatally
poisoned, tries frantically to find out who did it, and why,
before his time runs out.

-- Fr. John Woolley

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