Edward M. Marten, The Doctor Looks at Murder (Blue Ribbon Books, 1940)
[originally posted 26Nov2001]
What a delicious little book this is. In 1940 it was no doubt offered in the same way books of “medical curiosities” were offered in the seventies (“absolutely no one under sixteen ears of age may order this book!”), and to his credit, Marten is more than willing to play the role, tossing off case study after case study in what would then have been considered lurid detail. It would barely rate a PG today, but that doesn’t make it any less fun when considered in the time frame of its release.