Death from Nowhere: Don Diavolo Mysteries by Clayton Rawson

Death from Nowhere: Don Diavolo Mysteries by Clayton Rawson

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Trapped in a dead man’s office, Don Diavolo plans his greatest escape

This collection brings together two adventures with Don Diavolo, the Scarlet Wizard.

The first opens in his machinist’s workshop, where Diavolo perfects his newest feat: the Escape from the Double Crystal Water Casket. The men lurking outside have no interest in the magician’s secrets—they are detectives, tailing him on behalf of the police inspector. Giving them the slip is no trouble, but it proves a mistake, for Diavolo is about to be implicated in a murder. Diavolo is blackjacked as soon as he walks through the circus owner’s door, awaking just in time to be found standing over the corpse. To prove his innocence, the Scarlet Wizard must escape a trap more cunning than any crystal casket.

His next adventure begins when an explorer lands at La Guardia airport, returning from India with a secret for which many men will die. Before Don Diavolo can unmask the killer, he must unlock the perplexing puzzle of the vanishing corpse.


“A cornerstone of detective fiction.” —New York Times

“One of the topflight mystifiers in the whole bloodhound business, a favorite with plain fans and fancy connoisseurs alike.” —Fred Dannay, co-creator of Ellery Queen

“[A] wonderful wizard of crime.” — Eleanor Sullivan, editor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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