Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Fear In Yesterday's Rings
I'm still doing research on American circuses in the first half of the 20th century, and on rural Hungary circa 1880 for my tiger play. Last week I read a mystery, The Search for Yesterday's Rings, by George Chesbro. I had never heard of the novel or Chesbro (he died in 2008).
Chesbro's detective is a dwarf whose stage name is Mongo (from his days as an acrobat). Mongo and his brother run a detective agency in New York City. In an attempt to restore the Statler Brothers Circus to his former boss, Phil Statler, Mongo uncovers quite a circus. It's now run by two evil Swiss Germans, the Zelezians, interested in creating assassins for foreign governments. But these assassins have four legs- a recreation of an extinct canine, the lobox. These wolf dogs are deadly and scary, and Chesbro's plotting, if not always his prose, is excellent. It's a fast, creepy, interesting novel.