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Inside Story: 09/30/08
With the October / November issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, I begin my second year of being a subscriber. It's been a fun year of reading and I'm looking forward to what the remainder of 2008 and then 2009 will have in store!
The issue starts off with "Inside Story" by Albert E. Cowdrey. It's a missing persons case set in post-Katrina New Orleans. The only clues that Detective Inspector Alphonse Fournet has to go on is the report of an extra FEMA trailer showing up and victims sometimes returning miles from where they disappeared with their clothing put on inside out and their ability to speak temporarily impaired (they speak backwards). Can Fournet solve the mystery without becoming a victim himself?
The clues in the mystery were a nice blend of two previous things I've read an enjoyed, "Number 13" by M. R. James (the extra room) and The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen (the backwards clothes).
Other stories by Albert E. Cowdrey I've reviewed: