Book Review from the Pocket Pistol: The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace (Roughly 150 Pages)
As far as I’m aware, this was the first published novel by the author of the original King Kong movie script. The author invested a lot of time and money into marketing the thing, and if I recall correctly he actually lost money overall, even though it sold like hotcakes. It certainly made a name for the man, though, enabling his continuing career as a writer of superficial fluff written for the sole purpose of selling well. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t really very good, either.
As a murder mystery, one would hope it would engage the brain a little better than it did, but such is life. The writing style was a little self-consciously overdramatic, and the twist ending was a bit too easy to figure out, though I suppose at the time it was published people may have been less well-versed with the key factors, making it perhaps slightly more of a challenge. I’ll stop there, rather than include any spoilers. Suffice to say that a book has to have more depth, more sympathetic characters, or at least a better story structure and narrative voice to elicit a very positive review from me.