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Unpunished : a mystery

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Catherine Golden; Denise D Knight
Publisher: New York : Feminist Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's first and only detective novel begins with a murder to confound any mystery fan: a local attorney, Wade Vaughn, is found dead in his study with a bullet in his temple, a knife in his back, a gaping wound in his skull, a cord around his neck, and a poisoned whiskey glass by his side. As the plot unfolds, it reveals motives for murder as numerous as the means: Vaughn is an evil man who has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Feminist fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Catherine Golden; Denise D Knight
ISBN: 1558611851 9781558611856 1558611703 9781558611702
OCLC Number: 36126740
Description: ix, 244 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: 1. "Extra! Extra!" --
2. Sufficient Murder --
3. Search and Inquiry --
4. A Council of War --
5. Nectar for Newspapers --
6. An Inside View --
7. The Record --
8. The Will and My Sister --
9. The Ear of Dionysus --
10. The Screw --
11. Various Efforts --
12. An Informer --
13. The Inquest --
14. Further Information --
15. The Inquest Continued --
16. Further Developments --
17. A Final Verdict.
Responsibility: Charlotte Perkins Gilman ; edited and with an afterword by Catherine J. Golden and Denise D. Knight.

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's first and only detective novel begins with a murder to confound any mystery fan: a local attorney, Wade Vaughn, is found dead in his study with a bullet in his temple, a knife in his back, a gaping wound in his skull, a cord around his neck, and a poisoned whiskey glass by his side. As the plot unfolds, it reveals motives for murder as numerous as the means: Vaughn is an evil man who has abused and blackmailed clients, servants, and family members, driven his wife to suicide, and devised a sinister plan for forcing marriage upon his young stepdaughter. The task of untangling this multitudinous mystery falls to a husband-and-wife detective team. The good-natured and resourceful Jim Hunt is sometimes outshone by his clever and intrepid wife Bess, a former journalist, who goes undercover as a servant in the dead man's home. When Bess and Jim finally discover the solution - through secret diaries, hidden surveillance, and last-minute confession - it surprises even them. Unpunished is a mystery with a message; Gilman weaves her case for women's freedom and empowerment into a story rich in twists and turns, colorful characters, red herrings, and wry humor.

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