Looking for the title of a short story I read some years (10+) ago. I think it was in an anthology or possibly a book of linked stories, not sure on that.
What I can remember of the story is as follows:
- The story is set on a space station or similar edifice in space, someone has been killed.
- The hero is approached by the owner/manager? of the station, to identify who the killer is.
- There are a number of suspects, but the hero uses deduction based on his knowledge of the suspects races/psychology to work out who the killer is.
- The story was all knowledge driven, no action really, it keeps reminding me of Sherlock Holmes in space for some reason.
I'm not sure of the ending, but I seem to recall the space station owner being worried when finding out who the killer was?
I recall the book being a slim (maybe 100 - 200 pages in total) small hardback book. The cover was black with a white abstract? illustration on it. The tone of the book seems to me to suggest that it was written during or shortly after the "golden age" of SciFi so maybe later 40's or 50's?
Can anyone help identify the story?