Francis Iles Before the Fact

ISBN 13: 9780060805173

Before the Fact

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9780060805173: Before the Fact

Described on its first publication (1932) as 'one of the finest studies of murder ever written', and the inspiration for Hitchcock's classic film Suspicion, Before the Fact is a ground-breaking psychological drama of immense power. In Before the Fact the main character, wealthy but plain Lina McLaidlaw, marries feckless Johnny Aysgarth, against the advice of her father. Lina is certain she can change him for the better, until she is forced to acknowledge that he is a compulsive liar, a crook and a murderer. But still she loves him, while fearing she will inevitably become one of his victims. Written in the age of Agatha Christie's mysteries, this novel turns the storytelling on its head, introducing you to the murderer early on before going on to explore the psychology of the relationship between murderer and victim in enthralling detail.

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Francis Iles is the pseudonym of Anthony Berkeley Cox, one of the founders of the Detection Club and an influential figure in the development of crime fiction writing

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Written by one of the forgotten masters of the Golden Age of British detective fiction (who also wrote under the name of Anthony Berkley), this novel-adapted by Alfred Hitchcock as SUSPICION-tells of a woman trapped by her own doubts and gullibility in a marriage to a man who may be a murderer. With a voice very pleasant to listen to, Bruce Montague guides the listener from the charmed courtship to the sinister climax with his slow, precise, slightly elegant speaking style. The British actor uses his comforting pace to complement the idyllic, almost Austenesque country life of the couple, giving stark contrast to the ominous events occurring in the background. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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