- Tapa blanda: 96 páginas
- Editor: Black Cat-Cideb (1 de enero de 1999)
- Colección: Reading and training
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 8877547596
- ISBN-13: 978-8877547590
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Problem of cell 13. Con audiolibro. CD Audio (Reading and training) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 ene 1999
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Lock me in any cell in any prison anywhere at any time, wearing only normal clothes and I?ll escape in a week.?? For Professor Van Dusen, otherwise known as ?The Thinking Machine?, nothing is impossible. Logic is his passion. One hour later he finds himself locked up in Chisholm prison and has to use all his mental resources to find the solution to the problem. Informational Sections: ● Other Prison Stories ● Futrelle's Death on the Titanic
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Cell 13 features Futrelle's best known character, Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, billed as The Thinking Machine, a scientist, physician, and expert in logic, who could solve even the most seemingly insoluble of problems through the application of sheer logic. The mysteries in the Thinking Machine stories are not "whodunits," in fact, in a number of them, such as Cell 13, no actual crime occurs. Instead, they are "how'd it happens" as Van Dusen tried to explain how seemingly impossible events occurred. Of course, he hated to be told something was impossible, because it clearly had happened, "as certainly as we know that two and two make four, not some times but all the time." Van Dusen's only friend, confidante, and recurring character in these stories was a reporter, Hutchinson Hatch, who often brought mysteries to the Thinking Machine's attention, and also helped out with legwork on occasion.
The Problem of Cell 13 is a novelette that changes the usual formula of the Thinking Machine stories. Instead of being called in to solve a crime, Van Dusen, to win a bet, agrees to be locked up in a seemingly escape proof cell in the local prison and claims he can escape in one week. Of course, he does so, but along the way, he drives the warden and guards batty by pulling off all sorts of miraculous stunts while still a prisoner. Unlike many of the Thinking Machine stories, Cell 13 holds up quite well today, with a clever explanation of the escape and the side benefit of lots of byplay between Van Dusen and the increasingly flustered warden, which is quite amusing.
Although I heartily recommend this story, I should point out that Futrelle's work is in the public domain and Cell 13 can easily be found in many other collections that are available either for free or at the same low cost as this particular book. Readers can thus get considerably more value for their money if they are willing to do a bit of research. For those who do read more of Futrelle's works, be aware that the quality of his stories varies greatly, and Cell 13 is much better than most of his work. Looking just at The Problem of Cell 13, this is a short, highly entertaining read that will especially delight fans of Doyle and similar period mysteries.