All These Condemned

by John D. MacDonald
Category: "Fiction - Mystery"
Year of Publication:1954
Date Added:07/20/2008
Date Read:07/12/2014
Notes:Wilma Ferris, wealthy head of a cosmetics line, is found murdered in a lake after a party with all her business associates. The murderer, an obscure artist that Wilma promoted to fame and then dropped, reveals himself when he uses the same weapon to kill another woman right in front of the police and the other house guests. MacDonald uses the storytelling device of having each attendee thinking through the events before and after the first murder.
My Rating: 3

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Review - All These Condemned

This one didn't work an several levels. First, nobody would hang around and be ridiculed, manipulated and abused by Wilma the way this entire group of people were. Second, the participants' points of view didn't ring true — they didn't sound like things real people would say or think. Third, there was nobody in the book to root for. I didn't care if they all died. And last, the discovery of the murderer when he murdered again in front of everybody so they could "understand his art and superiority" was just lame.
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