Death In The Fifth Position

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Death In The Fifth Position

Death In The Fifth Position By Edgar Box Gore Vidal Death In The Fifth Position In Death in the Fifth Position dashing P R man Peter Sargent is hired by a ballet company on the eve of a major upcoming performance Handling the press seems to be no problem but when a rising star

  • Title: Death In The Fifth Position
  • Author: Edgar Box Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780893407209
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Death In The Fifth Position By Edgar Box Gore Vidal In Death in the Fifth Position, dashing P.R man Peter Sargent is hired by a ballet company on the eve of a major upcoming performance Handling the press seems to be no problem, but when a rising star in the company is killed during the performance dropped from thirty feet above the stage, crashing to her death in a perfect fifth position Sargent has a real case on hisIn Death in the Fifth Position, dashing P.R man Peter Sargent is hired by a ballet company on the eve of a major upcoming performance Handling the press seems to be no problem, but when a rising star in the company is killed during the performance dropped from thirty feet above the stage, crashing to her death in a perfect fifth position Sargent has a real case on his hands As he ingratiates himself with the players behind the scenes especially one lovely young ballerina , he finds that this seemingly graceful ballet company is performing their most dramatic acts behind the curtain There are sharp rivalries, sordid affairs, and shady characters Sargent, though, has no trouble staying on point and proving that the ballerina killer is no match for his keen eye and raffish charm.
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    1. David on said:

      This was Radio 4 s Book at Bedtime a couple of months ago I only caught one episode but it was very funny.The book didn t really live up to my expectations I thought the writing and the dialogue in particular would to steal from Mary McCarthy click like bright billiard balls It didn t It was November 2015

    2. Nooilforpacifists on said:

      A young Gore Vidal, behind the pen name Edgar Box , tries his hand at hard boiled detective fiction and does better than many of his later serious novels If you can tolerate his over compensating sneering about fags throughout Vidal wrote two other Edgar Box books, which are worth reading.

    3. Tony on said:

      DEATH IN THE FIFTH POSITION 1952 Edgar Box pseud of Gore Vidal .This was the first of three mystery novels written by Mr Vidal under the pseudonym Edgar Box This particular edition contains a preface by the author that explains why the pen name and why it was used an interesting story in itself As you might guess from the title, the mystery has something to do with ballet In this case, our protagonist, Peter Sargeant, is introduced He is a young man who owns a small public relations firm He had [...]

    4. Ivan on said:

      This is second time I ve read this I think it s my favorite detective mystery story I remembered who the killer was, but it was the journey which was the thrill This story is smart and bitchy and loads of fun to read Highly recommended.

    5. Jennifer on said:

      A wonderful period piece combined with a clever murder mystery Smart, bitchy and fun.

    6. Glen U on said:

      A book read for its historical back story than for its literary substance This book was written by Edgar Box, which in reality, is a pseudonym for Gore Vidal Written during the Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era, Vidal s publisher knew that Vidal was being blacklisted by the powers that be and would not be able to sell this novel Penned in 1952, along with 2 other mystery novels, by Vidal under his pseudonym, the books were published and sold well His secret authorship was held for 20 ye [...]

    7. Gary on said:

      A hoot Gore Vidal under a pseudonym All you need to know A delight.

    8. Peter on said:

      Mixed feelings Dated content that can be a bit offensive Interesting to read The humor fell a little flat on me.

    9. Nora Blue on said:

      Interesting problem Surprise ending Believable romance Written first person narrative Hero too determinedly insouciant.

    10. Philip on said:

      The first of the three mystery novels Gore Vidal wrote in the 1950s as Edgar Box I m actually reading it in the omnibus volume published in 1978 as Three by Box I ve been aware of these for many years and figured it s about time I got around to reading them 3 30 A fun read Behind the scenes intrigue in a ballet company, sprinkled with Vidal s dry wit, which enabled him to get around some of the social and sexual conventions of the early 1950s.Vidal s narrator protagonist, public relations guy Pe [...]

    11. Ann on said:

      I like novels written in the fifties, I like mystery novels and I like it when literary lights try their hand usually pseudonymously at popular literature So I expected to love this novel written by Gore Vidal And I did finish it, but I can t say that I was all that impressed First, I found it hard to have any type of sympathy or empathy for the main character Peter Sargeant is a WASPy product of Harvard and WWII, now man about town and and head of his own Public Relations company He is also com [...]

    12. Scot on said:

      As a murder mystery I don t recommend this Its appeal is as a cultural and historical artifact Gore Vidal wrote this, under a pseudonym, during the era of Joe McCarthy At age 23 in 1948, he had written The City and the Pillar, which had been heavily panned for its shocking portrayal of homosexuality, so to make a buck, the young author changed his name and took a stab at mystery novels A surprisingly strong undercurrent of nonchalance toward and awareness of homosexuality and an underground gay [...]

    13. Pamela Mclaren on said:

      This is the second book that I have ready by Edgar Box, otherwise known as Gore Vidal.The story is one about a public relations man named Peter Sargent, who is hired by a ballet company in which people start to die Sargent, who I think acts mighty silly through the whole book, somehow falls in with one of the dancers, moving into her apartment The whole story is pretty ridiculous and unreal I didn t like any of these one dimensional characters and wasn t surprised by the ending And I was disappo [...]

    14. Cissa on said:

      This is not a good mystery, nor is it a good book.Partly, I suppose, the early 1950s sensibility grates, especially in the handling of women, gay men, and lesbians None of the characters came alive for me they were all cardboard figures doing what the plot such as it was required, not acting like people The plot was very timely at the time, but structurally weak at the end, it looks like Our Hero uncovered the murderer only by accident, since his aha of guilty knowledge from the guy was contradi [...]

    15. Noah on said:

      Gore Vidal writing under a pseudonym Described as the forerunner of the mod and sex mystery How could it go so wrong Ultimately, the murderer was predictable The stakes seemed low, despite multiple murders, since we never really met the people who died And the many things included to be scandalous titillating when Vidal was writing it just aren t any homosexuality, get out of town so there s lots of passages that are meant to be exciting but are actually quite boring The second star is just beca [...]

    16. Sandi on said:

      This was the first of three mysteries that Gore Vidal wrote under the name of Edgar Box back in the Fifties The lead character,a PR man, was a bit too slick but the pace was quick and interplay between the ballet company members was entertaining.

    17. BeParticular on said:

      I read this because of a recent positive review I m not sure what the reviewer saw that they liked The mystery aspect was okay, but that was about it The characters were thinly drawn and unappealing The ballet setting was uninteresting I did find the 1950 s communist witch hunt aspect of interest, but it was a minor plot point A quick, forgettable read.

    18. Joy on said:

      Gore Vidal Edgar Box s wry, ironic social observation works much better in his novels than in this mystery Relationships are essential to the solution, and Vidal s relationships work themselves out in a Rubik s Cube fashion The special interest here is the look into the world of 1950s ballet.

    19. Marshall Thornton on said:

      It was pretty good If I didn t know it was written by a gay man I might be really offended He writes a typical heterosexual of the period and a lot of what he says would be offensive know, no matter who said it

    20. Tom Ratliff on said:

      Mystery by Edgar Box aka Gore Vidal.y as expected and easy to read and lots of fun.

    21. Pili on said:

      I used to dance and I think it captures the real atmosphere of the backstage.It s in the line of A Christie s crimis

    22. Jemera Rone on said:

      I think I bought this at a second hand book sale and for what I paid for it it was okay An early literary effort by Gore Vidal writing under a pen name he explains in the intro.

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