|Italian edition of The Crime of Daedalus|
Not only was I not let down, as the place is magical and everything I imagined it to be, but I returned with plenty of ideas, having learned many legends that abound in the region. Among these was that of the Invisible Man, which I retained as the central theme of the book. The plot had to be quickly elaborated, because I started writing it as soon as I returned. I’m very happy it pleased you. Compared to the last two (The Seventh Hypothesis and The Letter That Kills) I was only mildly satisfied with my “Demon”. But when I reread it for the bande dessiné adaptation several years later, it seemed to me far better. I’d like to open a parenthesis here to emphasize that it is very difficult for an author to appreciate his own work, especially on the spot. And how to judge the trick when you know the explanation? You’d have to completely forget your stories… which I certainly hope I don’t!
The Fourth Door. A rather short story, but rich in mystery and based on the unsettling personality of magician Harry Houdini.
|Apparently a very gritty novel...|