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The Dragon Murder Case is the seventh mystery novel about the immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete, by S. Van Dine, the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (1888–1939), an American art critic and detective novelist. Philo Vance is a fictional character featured in a total of 12 crime novels, published in the 1920s and 1930s. During that time, Vance was immensely popular in books, movies and on the radio. He was portrayed as a stylish, even foppish dandy, a New York bon vivant possessing a highly intellectual bent.

The Dragon Murder Case (first published in 1934) is a novel in a series by S. Van Dine about fictional detective Philo Vance. It was also adapted to a film version in 1934, starring Warren William as Vance. A guest at an estate in northern Manhattan (Inwood Hill Park) dives into the swimming pool and disappears. His murder brings up references to a mythological dragon which is said to prey on the imprudent, but Philo Vance uses his knowledge of both dragons and criminals to demonstrate whodunit.

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The Winter Murder Case (1939) is a Philo Vance novella that S. Van Dine intended to expand into his twelfth full length book. Similar authors to follow.

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In 'The Dragon Murder Case'-the seventh tale-a guest visiting a country house dives into the swimming pool and instead of climbing out again disappears completely. Suspicions are quickly raised concerning the intervention of a vengeful dragon, but Philo Vance is not so sure. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 - April 11, 1939), a . art critic and author. He created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio. Early life and career.

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When Sanford Montague is killed while swimming in the pool on the Stamm estate, suave amateur sleuth Philo Vance investigates the murder, in a facsimile edition of the classic mystery.

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But, they are certainly not for evr'one, don't you know, eh, what. Archaic language, for which the dictionary embedded in the Kindle is a great help and the extremely slow pacing and dense amount of detail, much of which constitute red herrings I suspect puts most modern readers off of Philo. There are 10 pages of recounting of Dragon myths from all cultures and another 10 pages of descriptions and Latin names for tropical fish. But if you like that kind of thing, Philo Vance is a treat.
Philo Vance is certainly as insufferable as advertised; the other characters are purely functional: they are here to marvel at his astounding genius; to fume at his irascibility and be confounded by his unerring instincts, and, of course, to fill the pages with plausible suspects for the crime du jour. The humor is so dry you're not sure if it's really there. This one never quite catches fire, but it's never quite draggin', either (hee, hee). It's wittily written and entertaining enough, and boy, did they do dustjackets right in those days! Thanks again to Otto Penzler for a beautiful edition in this series of facsimile-firsts, which richly deserves to be continued.
"The Dragon Murder Case" is the seventh of the twelve Philo Vance mystery novels written by Willard Huntington Wright under the name "S. S. van Dine." The series began in 1926 with "The Benson Murder Case" and ended in 1939 with the posthumous publication of "The Winter Murder Case." As one might suppose, all the books deal with murders committed under the most puzzling circumstances, only to be unraveled in the end by the ultra-rich, ultra-effete, ultra-snobbish and unquestionably ultra-clever Philo Vance.

The books appeared on very nearly an annual basis and all of them were financially successful, although some critics professed to detect a falling off of quality in the second half dozen--beginning with this very volume. The books were spun off into a successful series of movies and radio shows. The producers of Vance in other media, being no fools, took care to drop many of his more obnoxious ticks, making Vance a much more appealing character on the screen and on the speaker. The book-buying public, on the other hand, took their annual dose of Vance unadulterated and liked him that way.

In the earlier books of the series Wright/van Dine stated plainly that all of Vance's cases had taken place during the four years in which his friend, John F.-X. Markham, had served his single term as District Attorney of New York. Elsewhere, in my review of "The Benson Murder Case," I gave my reasons for believing that the four years in question were 1920-1924. By the time that Wright/van Dine got around to "The Dragon Murder Case," he had stopped referring to that very narrow time-frame. It is difficult from internal evidence to determine whether this book was intended to be set about 1922 or, as I suspect more likely, in 1933.

Both the author and Vance were essentially urban creatures and ten of the twelve books are unambiguously set in the New York City of three-quarters of a century ago. This book, however, is set in an Americanized version of an English country estate and stately home. The mix of characters, too, although they are all Americans, is exactly the mix that might be expected in an English country home mystery novel. Inspector Alleyn, Miss Marple and Albert Campion would all feel right at home. Wright/van Dine being, in Vance's words, the sort of chap he was, don't y'know, plonked this Yankee-ized stately home down entirely within the limits of urban Manhattan, apparently for no better reason than that he could.

"The Dragon Murder Case" differs from the second of the series, "The Canary Murder Case" in that the "canary" in the title of the earlier book refers to an up-and-coming young female singer, while the "dragon" is ... well, a dragon, sort of. One of the regular features of a Vance novel was a chapter (and sometimes more) in which the erudite sleuth offered what amounted to an information dump on some recondite subject or other. In this book, the information being dumped relates to dragons--Amerindian dragons, Indian sub-continental dragons, Hebrew dragons, Sumerian dragons, Chinese dragons, classical Greek dragons, Germanic dragons and every other d----d kind of dragon you can imagine.

(Another regular feature of the books, an unintended one, I think, is that Vance's scholarship is of an amusingly slipshod and shallow nature. All his collection of dragons are dragons only because Vance calls them so. To anyone with a little independent knowledge of the field, it is clear that Vance is tossing all kinds of miscellaneous monsters into his literary pot, monsters that in some cases shared no characteristic save non-human form.)

This mystery deals in a perfectly scrupulous basis--for this is a "classic" mystery, after all--with the puzzle of how a man visiting a home for a weekend party can dive into a swimming pool in plain sight of five or six people, disappear under the water and then utterly vanish, leaving behind no signs of exiting the pool and no body at its bottom when the pool is drained. By analogy with the standard "locked room mystery," you might call this one a "locked swimming pool mystery."

The puzzle is sound enough, although hardly one of the great ones of mystery lore, but the handling is relatively weak, at least by the standards set for Vance in the first six books. Everyone in the book is just too willing to get sidetracked onto the subject of dragons, even when observing the perfectly plain physical evidence revealed by the draining of the pool. It all seems more than a little forced.

Cavils aside, "The Dragon Murder Case" remains one of a precious series of books about the most thoroughly annoying sleuth in all of detective literature, bless his exasperating, effete, snobbish heart.

Four stars--but only relative to the rest of the Vance series. Five stars in comparison to most things being written today.
I became a fan on S.S. Van Dine after seeing the movie, Kennel Murder Mystery, with William Powell. Philo Vance though is not William Powell.
Philo Vance is an elitist, a snob of the first order. He is erudite of all aspects of finer things, but he loves solving complex mysteries. Readings these Van Dine books, one is taken back into the era of the 20's and 30's with all its art deco, martinis and affluent society--the Great Depression never being mentioned.
In Dragon Pool, Sanford Montague (a very upper crust name) dives into his rather swimming pool known as the Dragon Pool because it is believed a dragon lives beneath its depths. Montague comes up missing and later found drowned. Was it the Dragon? Or was it one of his weekend guests. That is for Philo Vance to discover.
It is as usual a mind-boggling case, for which the General Attorney Markham and Sgt. Heath, who are officially in charge of the investigation, have no explanation. A man disappears after diving in a pond named after a dragon in the midst of a party. His body is nowhere to find. An eccentric woman believes that the man has been abducted by a Dragon, giving credence to an old superstion. It will be the task of the great sleuth Vance to unravel the mistery in a purely rational manner. This is the only whodunit by Van Dine whose culprit I could guess straightaway from the very beginning (but I won't mention here the name in order not to spoil the future reader's pleasure). It lacks to some extent the complexity of the plot that accounts for the beauty and the crux of Van Dine's most successful stories (The Canary Murder Case, The Scarab Murder Case). Readable but if you have already read Van Dine's best cases not the kind of book I would hotly recommend.
The Dragon Murder Case (Otto Penzler's 1st Edition Library) download epub
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Author: S. S. Van Dine
ISBN: 1883402212
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Otto Penzler Books (February 1, 1998)