In five decades of writing mystery stories, Edward D. Hoch is unchallenged as the King of the Traditional Mystery. His stories are classical puzzlers, with all the clues fairly laid out, and the reader challenged to solve the mystery before the detective. But he does more than challenge the reader's powers of ratiocination - though no one can bamboozle his audience with locked rooms and dying messages more thoroughly than Hoch - he also has a sense of the bizarre and the exotic. Obscure lore, marvelous settings, hints of witchcraft and magic - all these are part of the world of Edward D. Hoch. The Iron Angel confirms the Mystery Writers of America's wisdom in presenting Edward D. Hoch with its highest honor, the designation of Grand Master.