The Maze

Philip Macdonald's exercise in detection


Philip Macdonald


Collins Crime Club, London, 1938
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Printing Details

Reprint, hardback bound in the original orange cloth with printed titling to spine. 18.5 × 12.5cm, 251pp + ads.

The Maze, first published in 1932, is Philip MacDonald’s contribution to the conception of the totally logical puzzle – an exercise in ratiocination, as Poe called it – which so preoccupied detective story writers in the ‘Golden Age’ of the 1920s and ’30s. Written in the form of a court transcript, it is the ultimate puzzle novel, an absolutely fair test of the reader’s ability as a detective...


A reading copy only. The boards are marked and a little warped, and the book is ex-circulating library with stamps and label remnants to the front pastedown and ffep. The text remains perfectly readable but it's quite a scruffy copy.



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