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The Swimming Pool

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Title:The Swimming Pool
Rinehart, Mary Roberts   
(18 of 21 for author by title)
Twenty-Three and a Half Hours' Leave
Seven Days
Published:   1952
Publisher:Rinehart & Company Incorporated
Tags:detective, fiction, murder, mystery, suspense

In this book there is the ex-millionaire Maynard family of Westchester and New York. Judith, the family beauty and recent divorcee, is the central figure of the story. Just back from Reno, and (against everyone's wish) ensconced at The Birches, the family home, Judith is in a state of terror. She refuses to go out into the daylight, shows a special fear of cab drivers and—to make everything even more mystifying—refuses to explain her strange behavior to anyone. Complications set in quickly as, in rapid succession, the body of an unidentified woman is found in the family pool, the gate lodger turns out to be a New York detective on the trail of a twenty-year-old murder, and Lois Maynard, Judith's younger sister, falls in love. A suicide attempt, a shot in the dark, and a second murder victim keeps things going at top speed. Here is that special blend of smooth villainy, real-life characterizations, and tense action which has kept Mary Roberts Rinehart queen of mystery writers.—jacket. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Rinehart, Mary Roberts

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Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876–September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie. Rinehart published her first mystery novel The Circular Staircase in 1908, which introduced the "had I but known" narrative style. Rinehart is also considered the source of "the butler did it" plot device in her novel The Door (1930), although the exact phrase does not appear in her work.


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