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  • By Michael Brown
    Sep 26, 2017
    Here is the third (of 8) Gees novel by Jack Mann (pseudonym of Charles Henry Cannell (1882-1947), better known as E. Charles Vivian). Gees (Gregory George Gordon Green), is a former policeman who has gone into business on his own as a detective, looking into anything from "Mumps to Murder". After the first book, he deals with more occult cases. Here Gees deals with the supernatural beings who once guarded the lost city of Kir-Asa, who now seem to be “haunting” a farm and have possessed a young girl. This actually makes it a sort of sequel to "City of Wonder", written under the E. Charles Vivian pseudonym. It’s been out of print for awhile, so I hope Ramble House will reprint it. Here, Kir-Asa is noted as a real, though legendary or even mythical, city somewhere in the Pacific. It’s noted that someone wrote a novel based on the legends, which may be a hint at City of Wonder. We also get an interesting speculation as to the origins of these beings. The farm is... More > located near the estate of Gees’ family, and there are apparently some connections between the owners and his family. Gees figures out the mystery of the beings, is able to help the girl, and puts an end to it. But things don’t work out well for all concerned, tragically. This appears to be another theme in these works as well. (Since he can’t get it on with his secretary, he’ll be falling for a girl in each story I suppose.) It’s clear from reading these stories that Gees is of the type of occult detective who is an ordinary man, with ordinary skills and knowledge, who happens to find himself confronting the supernatural. That’s unlike other occult detectives who have already have skill and knowledge of the occult, and in some cases seek it out. But it does appear the Gees learns from each of his cases to help him in the future.< Less
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First Ramble House Edition
Fender Tucker
May 26, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.93 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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