Vultures in the Sky

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American Mystery Classics
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5.6 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Todd Downing (1902-1974) was an author, reviewer, and teacher of mystery fiction, as well as an expert on the Choctaw language. Born in Atoka, Indian Territory, he spent most of his life in and around Oklahoma, except for a brief period studying Spanish, French, and anthropology at the National University of Mexico. He wrote six titles in the Hugh Rennert series, then turned to nonfiction, at which point he produced books on Mexican history and Choctaw grammar.
James Sallis is the award-winning author of eighteen novels, including the Lew Griffin series, the Driver series (inspiration for the 2011 film, Drive), and the John Turner series. He has also published numerous short story collections, poetry collections, literary biographies, and criticism.


With any luck, this latest reissue of Todd Downing's lost classic will bring the author back into the renown he deserves [...] The writing is taut and modern, the plotting expert, and the story still resonates powerfully all these decades later.--Dwyer Murphy "CrimeReads" (12/2/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Downing doles out Mexican local color in small but expertly teasing doses, gets excellent mileage out of a cheap stickpin and several other physical clues, and produces a surprisingly varied chain of incidents in the course of whittling down the passenger list. A limited but highly proficient exercise in deduction by a forgotten author: a welcome rediscovery."-- "Kirkus" (9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Though Vultures in the Sky has fair-play mystery construction at its core, and the escapist factor that comes with that, it takes place in a real and historically anchored world where events beyond the mystery itself continue to happen with great consequence for most people. Downing, even in the context of a no-flab detective story, does not let you forget that.-- "Mystery Tribune"
Tensely dramatic.-- "The New York Times"