There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union
A Novella and Five Short StoriesBook - 1988
In the title tale, witnesses to a seemingly paranormal event on an office elevator become prime suspects who cringe before a Soviet police inspector bent on explaining away the incident. ''Bring Back the Cat!'' parodies detective fiction as it introduces Joe Sixsmith, a sly West Indian PI who investigates a stray feline's disappearance. Murder is almost an afterthought in ''Poor Emma,'' a delicious send-up of Jane Austen's style and upper-class milieu, and in ''Auteur Theory,'' which spotlights the incestuous world of actors at each other's throats during a film shooting. There's no murder in ''The Bull Ring,'' set in a WW I French training camp where a soldier's freak death draws together an English recruit and the corporal who torments him. Hill also writes espionage tales under the name Patrick Ruell.
Publisher: Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press, 1988, c1987
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings)