Saturday, December 6, 2008

The editor's note

Sunday, December 8, 2008

Some subterfuges work too well.

I've had two or three friends come up to me and ask me about the Editor's Note which opens The Body in the Record Room. "Did you really find that manuscript?" they ask.

I have to explain that the nephew mentioned in the editor's note is just as fictional as are all the other characters in the book. Regular mystery story readers or even fiction readers would be used to the device, but these people were probably reading the book because they knew me. They probably don't often delve into such books as The Body in the Record Room.

So for the sake of history, the Editor's Note is a part of the fiction of the whole thing. The next book has such a note too, and the third one will have a third note.

In a way, I guess I should be complimented. People fell for what I wrote. They had to ask if it was real.

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