The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn: (One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre)

By Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
Translated by Josh Billings
Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer
Read by Keith Szarabajka

7.35 Hours 10/06/2015 unabridged
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From the Russian masters of sci-fi comes The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn, a hilarious spoof on the classic country-house murder mystery. When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He’s there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn’t counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses. And as the chalet fills up, strange things start happening—things that seem to indicate the presence of another, unseen guest. Is there a ghost on the premises? A prankster? Something more sinister? When an avalanche blocks the mountain pass and traps everyone in the chalet, the corpse is finally discovered. Glebsky’s vacation is over, and he’s embarked on the most unusual investigation he’s ever been involved with. In fact, the further he looks into it, the more Glebsky realizes that the victim may not even be human. In this late novel from the legendary Russian sci-fi duo—here in its first-ever English translation—the Strugatskys gleefully upend the plot of many an Hercule Poirot mystery—and the result is much funnier and much stranger than anything Agatha Christie ever wrote.

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Summary

Summary

A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015

From the Russian masters of sci-fi comes The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn, a hilarious spoof on the classic country-house murder mystery.

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He’s there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude.

But he hadn’t counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses. And as the chalet fills up, strange things start happening—things that seem to indicate the presence of another, unseen guest. Is there a ghost on the premises? A prankster? Something more sinister?

When an avalanche blocks the mountain pass and traps everyone in the chalet, the corpse is finally discovered. Glebsky’s vacation is over, and he’s embarked on the most unusual investigation he’s ever been involved with. In fact, the further he looks into it, the more Glebsky realizes that the victim may not even be human.

In this late novel from the legendary Russian sci-fi duo—here in its first-ever English translation—the Strugatskys gleefully upend the plot of many an Hercule Poirot mystery—and the result is much funnier and much stranger than anything Agatha Christie ever wrote.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There’s enough dry humor to spark kindling…Delightful and melancholy by turns, and so satisfying to read.” New York Times Book Review
“Mysteries abound in this Russian science fiction classic written by two brothers as a send-up of the Agatha Christie–type upper-class murder mystery.” Vanity Fair
“If Russian sci-fi can be said to have a soul, it resides with the Brothers Strugatsky…Delightful, and a must-read for a new generation of sci-fi fans everywhere.” NPR
“An expert new translation by Josh Billings…For at least three decades [the Strugatsky brothers] were the most popular science fiction writers in Russia and the most influential Russian science fiction writers in the world.” Paris Review Daily
“This is the Strugatskys at their best, at once silly and dead serious…It’s a ripping good yarn, which translator Josh Billings has rendered with great energy and wit.” Los Angeles Review of Books

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Author

Author Bio: Arkady Strugatsky

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, authors of more twenty-five novels and novellas, including Roadside Picnic, Hard to Be a God, The Doomed City, The Inhabited Island, The Snail on the Slope, The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn, and Definitely Maybe. Their books have been widely translated and made into a number of films.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English