The Attending Truth

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Pending Dale is, to all appearances, a quiet rural community with nothing particular to distinguish it. Nothing, that is, until the peace is shattered when a murdered body is found in a local copse. The villagers seem capable of nothing more destructive than a little gossip, yet the evidence suggests that one of them must be the murderer. Even the local Chief of Police is not above suspicion, so Commander Bobby Owen of Scotland Yard is called upon to investigate. Bobby's task is made more difficult by the sudden and unexplained disappearance of one of the chief witnesses, the forthright and attractive Annie Mars. Can Bobby Owen employ those powers of deduction and insight which have earned him such a high reputation to find this murderer, and if so will he be in time to prevent another murder from being committed? Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956), an English novelist and literary critic of the early 20th century, also wrote under the pseudonym Robertson Halket. Today, he is mostly remembered as the creator of Police Constable Bobby Owen, the protagonist of many of his novels. "ER Punshon is one of the most shamefully neglected writers of detective fiction. His ability to construct labyrinthine plots that keep the reader fascinated but not confused is rivalled only by John Dickson Carr, with whom he shares a powerful imagination, a gift of conveying atmosphere and setting, and a most ingeniously fertile mind, adept at devising clues and situations. Yet his work is not only exemplary detective fiction, but studies of character, of the catalyst that drives an ordinary human being to commit the ultimate crime. In their emphasis on bizarre psychology, fantastic (but logical and convincing) plots, and the ability of the past to influence the present (whether it be in the form of past crimes or literary or artistic treasures), his work resembles a combination of H.C. Bailey, Gladys Mitchell, G.K. Chesterton and Michael Innes." --Nick Fuller

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E.R. Punshon was born in London in 1872.

At the age of fourteen he started life in an office. His employers soon informed him that he would never make a really satisfactory clerk, and he, agreeing, spent the next few years wandering about Canada and the United States, endeavouring without great success to earn a living in any occupation that offered. Returning home by way of working a passage on a cattle boat, he began to write. He contributed to many magazines and periodicals, wrote plays, and published nearly fifty novels, among which his detective stories proved the most popular and enduring.

He died in 1956.

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Book Description Lythway Press, Bath, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Scarce hardcover, 223pp, NOT ex-library. Aged copy in good condition. Age-toned endpapers showing faint age-spotting and noticeable scuffing. Pages are quite bright (with just a hint of mild age-toning), with unmarked text, generally clean, however, showing small grubby marks from reading and minor very little age-spotting to last couple of leaves. Sparse gentle creasing throughout the book, some scuffing to page edges. Upper outer page edges age-yellowed; grubby marks to upper and lower edges, lower outer edges also with a couple of stray pen marks. Good secure and stable binding. Boards show shelfworn marks and scratches, creasing along spine, small creases and indentations to corners and edges. Published without a dust jacket. -- Pending Dale is, to all appearances, a quiet rural community with nothing particular to distinguish it. Nothing, that is, until the peace is shattered when a murdered body is found in a local copse. The villagers seem capable of nothing more destructive than a little gossip, yet the evidence suggests that one of them must be the murderer. Even the local Chief of Police is not above suspicion, so Commander Bobby Owen of Scotland Yard is called upon to investigate. Bobby's task is made more difficult by the sudden and unexplained disappearance of one of the chief witnesses, the forthright and attractive Annie Mars. Can Bobby Owen employ those powers of deduction and insight which have earned him such a high reputation to find this murderer, and if so will he be in time to prevent another murder from being committed? Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956), an English novelist and literary critic of the early 20th century, also wrote under the pseudonym Robertson Halket. Today, he is mostly remembered as the creator of Police Constable Bobby Owen, the protagonist of many of his novels. "ER Punshon is one of the most shamefully neglected writers of detective fiction. His ability to construct labyrinthine plots that keep the reader fascinated but not confused is rivalled only by John Dickson Carr, with whom he shares a powerful imagination, a gift of conveying atmosphere and setting, and a most ingeniously fertile mind, adept at devising clues and situations. Yet his work is not only exemplary detective fiction, but studies of character, of the catalyst that drives an ordinary human being to commit the ultimate crime. In their emphasis on bizarre psychology, fantastic (but logical and convincing) plots, and the ability of the past to influence the present (whether it be in the form of past crimes or literary or artistic treasures), his work resembles a combination of H.C. Bailey, Gladys Mitchell, G.K. Chesterton and Michael Innes." -- Nick Fuller. Seller Inventory # 002904

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