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Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries
by Melville Davisson Post
foreword by Craig Johnson
West Virginia University Press, 2015
Cloth: 978-1-940425-40-5 | eISBN: 978-1-940425-42-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3531.O76427A6 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52


First published in 1918, Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries is an anthology of detective stories written by Melville Davisson Post. The popular stories within this collection were serialized in national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post in the early 20th century.

Uncle Abner is an amateur detective in present-day Harrison County, West Virginia. Throughout his journeys around this antebellum wilderness, long before the nation had a proper police system, the honest Uncle Abner is confronted by murders and mysteries that cannot be ignored. With uncanny intuition, impressive logic, and keen observation of human actions, Uncle Abner is Melville Davisson Post’s most celebrated literary creation and is considered to be one of the most important texts in American detective and crime fiction.

This new edition contains an introduction by Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels. 

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