Dangerous Ways by Jack Vance

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As well as being an inspirational, acclaimed and widely adored F&SF Grand Master and world-builder par excellence, Jack Vance has always been a mystery writer at heart. Even while ranging the starways and arcane dimensions under the name we best know him by, taking us to alien worlds, strange climes and fabulous yonders, he also used his given name of John Holbrook Vance (plus a few selected aliases) to turn out novels of intrigue and suspense set on this world, dealing with people almost like you and me.

Whether featuring exotic locales such as Morocco and the Marquesas, forgotten corners of his beloved California, or even more modest, mundane settings like downtown San Francisco and Oakland, these beguiling, often hard-hitting tales explore the same depths of greed, obsession and depravity as mark his highly praised Demon Princes novels, feature the same resourceful, often cool, sometimes fraught protagonists as travel Tschai, Halma or Cadwal, show the same canny insights into the workings of human nature, the familiar trademark wit, the same fabulous gift for language and creating a living, breathing sense of place.

Dangerous Ways serves up three of the master's richest, most diverse mystery offerings from the fertile middle period of his long and impressive career: the Edgar Award-winning The Man in the Cage, the unforgettable hider-in-the-house thriller Bad Ronald, and the exotic South Seas murderfest The Deadly Isles.

Dangerous Ways presents three of the master's self-penned works in the other popular genre he has always loved so dearly.
 

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John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 - May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Most of his work was published under the name Jack Vance. He also wrote 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse. Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001. Among his awards for particular works were: Hugo Awards, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award in 1975; the World Fantasy Award in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. He also won an Edgar (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage. He died at his home in Oakland, California, on May 26, 2013, aged 96.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Subterranean. 560 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fans of F&SF Grand Master Vance will best appreciate these three subpar crime novels. The opener, The Deadly Isles (1969), which concerns a series of murders tied to an affluent San Francisco family,

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The opener, The Deadly Isles (1969), which concerns a series of murders tied to an affluent San Francisco family, fails to cohere, despite a promising premise: one family member, Luke Royce, survives an attempt on his life in Tahiti, unbeknownst to his would-be assassin, and goes undercover to di...

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