第53回 絶版だったおすすめ本格推理小説

一行翻訳コンテスト2011.12.16

■オススメの一冊

『The Langtail Press』
http://www.langtailpress.com/titles/

さて、今月の本ですが、つい最近まで気付かなかったのですが、実はすごいものがでていました。The Langtail Pressという出版社(http://www.langtailpress.com/titles/)から、ずっと絶版になっていた本格推理小説が再発になっていたのです! まずは以下を読んでもらった方が早いね。

The Langtail Press has a wide range of authors whose works were originally published between the 1920s and 1980s. Among them, we have founding members of the Detection Club, which is still in existence today. We have men; we have women. We have British, Irish, and American authors. In our list, we have some of the most famous detectives in all fiction, and some of the best examples of the locked-room mystery. You will find old fashioned country house crime, early thrillers, Golden Age classics and hard-boiled American plots. And you will find them all available as e-books for the first time.

何冊か買ってみましたが、活字が細かいので、電子ブック版の方が僕なんかは良いかも知れません。その中には、Freeman Wills CroftsやEllery Queen、以前ご紹介したAnthony Berkeley、さらにFredric Brownなども入っています。懐かしいミステリー、原文で読むとこんな感じ。

The mystery solved, the spare young man stopped listening. Notwithstanding the knuckle and stein before him, puzzles were his meat and drink; and there was no riddle too lean for his appetite. And the fat man had helped while away a half hour. For despite the male crowd in the small taproom of the Stacy-Trent, with its horsy red-and-white cloths and its clink of glassware behind the wooden screen, he felt a stranger in a strange land. In the shadow of the gilt-domed Capitol on West State Street, the Stacy-Trent was frequented by men who spoke another language; the air crackled with legislative talk — and he did not know a bloc from a caucus! The spare young man signed.

これはEllery Queenの「Halfway House」、中途の家ですね。プロットとかは触れません。ファンならお好きな作家を上のウェブサイトにあるリストから探して、書籍か電子ブックで読んでみてください。

■オススメの一冊-2

『To Catch a Leaf』
(Kate Collins)

次の1冊はこちら。Kate Collinsの「To Catch a Leaf」。The Flower Shop Mysteryというシリーズもので、僕が買ってしまったのは最新刊のようなので、興味がある方は、最初の方から読んだ方がいいかもしれない。主人公は花屋のオーナーのAbbey Knightで、ちょうど恋人のMarco Salvareと婚約したところ。でも、そこで殺人事件が起こり、花屋の助手が事件に巻き込まれてしまいます。調べていく中で、関係者にはいろいろな秘密があることが分かり……。あえてこれを取り上げた理由は次の文章を読んでもらえばわかるはず。

Happiness oozed from every cell in my body. No, wait. Ooze sounded bad, and what I was feeling was definitely not bad. Not by a long shot. I was in a zone. I radiated bliss. As my assistant Lottie pointed out, I had a certain glow about me.

これが書き出しです。ぜひ読んでみてくださいね。

 

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