The object lying on Mr Steele's desk was the remains of a large,
black plastic doll, Tully saw as he took the chair which the Store
Manager indicated to him.
Groff Conklin's blurb is worth quoting in near-full: "We are given
a picture of a business (department store), a profession (security
officer, otherwise known as night watchman), and an Event (capital
E indeed!), with a vividness which seems astonishing when you examine
the tale for signs of excitement. No real dialogue, almost
no action in the melodramatic sense, great long paragraphs, and
very little verbal effort to arouse your emotions (this is left
to the nature of the Event itself!) -- and yet the reader is continuously
enthralled from start to ironic last word. At least, I was."
Me too, Groff.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- FANTASY & SF, February 1963
- VENTURE SF No 1, British Edition, September 1963
- 13 ABOVE THE NIGHT, Ed Groff Conklin, Dell,November
- Monsters and Medics (see under Books).
- FANTASY & SF, German Edition, Heyne Bucher No 236
as Die Päuppen
- FICTION No 118, September 1963 as Mystere au Rayon des Jouets