Brett, Martin. Exit in Green. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1953, pp. 256.
Completed: 21 January 2012.
William Marshall, a writer, heads to the small Quebec village of St. Genebald to recover from a breakdown brought on by overwork. While at St. Genebald he plans to complete his convalescence and to do some light work by interviewing Leonora Kirsten, a well known celebrity of the stage, for a magazine article. But all is not well in St. Genebald. The day after speaking with Leonora Kirsten she is found dead at the base of Bald Rock, a site that has seen the death of a couple of other women.
Marshall is the only one who believes that Leonora’s death was not an accident or suicide. As others come to share his view, it is Marshall who comes to be viewed with suspicion. Still recovering from a nervous breakdown, Marshall’s behaviour is not always coherent or consistent.
Martin Brett is the pseudonym of Douglas Sanderson. As Brett he had 9 novels published. Exit in Green was Sanderson’s second novel, the first published as Martin Brett. Exit in Green is a nice serviceable mystery. It keeps the reader guessing and the story moves right along at a nice pace. Here Brett is just starting out. It is not until his next novel, Hot Freeze, that Brett hits his stride. It is full of memorable characters and the story races along. It is in Hot Freeze that Mike Garfin, PI is introduced. Garfin appeared in 3 of Brett’s novels.
“She just sat and looked ravishing, while I began to fall in love with her.” — William Marshall —