At the turn of the 20th century, Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) emerged as an author to be reckoned with in the world of detective fiction, introducing the highly memorable scientific detective Dr. Thorndyke, an early forensic sleuth. Armed with his little green case full of scientific detection aids, Thorndyke unravelled murders and mysteries using logic and material evidence. Freeman's most important pre-World War I novels include: The Mystery of 31 New Inn (1911), The Eye of Osiris (1911), and A Silent Witness (1914), artistically written and memorably characterized. Later major works include The Red Thumb Mark, When Rogues Fall Out, and The Jacob Street Mystery.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Deemed 'the father of the scientific detective story', Richard Austin Freeman enjoyed a prolific career that saw him gain qualifications as pharmacist and surgeon, pull off a diplomatic coup along the Gold Coast, work for Holloway Prison and then become a formidable writer of fiction. He was born in London, the son of a tailor who went on to train as a pharmacist. After graduating as a surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital Medical College, Freeman taught for a while and then joined the colonial service, offering his skills as an assistant surgeon along the Gold Coast of Africa. He became embroiled in a diplomatic mission when a British expeditionary party was sent to investigate the activities of the French. Through his tact and formidable intelligence, a massacre was narrowly avoided. His future was therefore assured in the colonial service. However, after becoming ill with black-water fever, Freeman was sent back to England to recover and finding his finances precarious, embarked on a career as acting physician in Holloway Prison. In desperation, he also turned to writing where he went on to dominate the world of British detective fiction, taking pride in testing different criminal techniques. So keen was he, part of one of his best novels was written in a bomb shelter. For the first twenty-five years of his writing career, Freeman was to dominate and remain unrivalled in the world of detective fiction, introducing the well-loved and highly memorable 'Dr Thorndyke'. The continued success of this character has affirmed Richard Austin Freeman's place amongst the finest of crime writers.Review:
'This man Austin Freeman is a wonderful performer' -- Raymond Chandler
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Lythway, 1970. Hardback. Book Condition: GOOD. 1970. Lythway. Hard Cover. Book-Good. Ex-Libris. Bookseller Inventory # 1794814
Book Description Lythway P., Bath, England, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. SPECIALS-Fine regular size hardcover in a near fine jacket that has a price written on the flap o/w clean. yellow w/black lettering Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # June17-17shul8
Book Description Bath: Lythway Press, (1970.) dj, 1970. Hardcover - First thus. A reprint of this classic mystery featuring the eccentric scientific detective, Dr. Thorndyke, originally published in 1912, and quite uncommon even in this later edition. 318 pp plus 7 pp of publisher's advertisements. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a wraparound illustration. Bookseller Inventory # 49758
Book Description Lythway P. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 0850461197 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # POTM-0850461197