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Israel Zangwill

Israel Zangwill

(14th February 1864 – 1st August 1926)

British author at the forefront of cultural Zionism during the 19th century. He was a close associate of Theodor Herzl. We are here mostly interested in his mystery work since he wrote an early 'locked room mystery', The Big Bow Mystery.

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Israel Zangwill
The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill

The Big Bow Mystery was one of the first locked-room mystery stories and the first full-length locked-room mystery. It is still one of the best with an ingenious solution. It has been used as the basis for three movies (The Perfect Crime (1928), The Crime Doctor (1934), The Verdict (1946)).

Set in London's East End, in Bow, a murder occurred inside a locked room, with no clear indication as to the weapon used, the perpetrator of the crime, or a possible escape route. Mrs. Drabdump, a widow who rents out rooms, panics when one of her lodgers does not respond to her attempts to wake him....

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