The Guardians [hb in Dj, Novel, 1955 Victor Gollancz Edition, UK Detective story]

J. I. M. Stewart / Michael Innes

Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd 1955 /richard Clay and Company Ltd, Pages are Aged, Yet Clean, 1955
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover

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Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in Very Good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; and in a Good Dust Jacket with some egdewear and slight chipping. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself, or would make a GREAT GIFT for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Back of dj has slight soil/fade. About: Michael Innes : Between 1936 and 1986, Stewart, writing under the pseudonym of Michael Innes, published nearly fifty crime novels and short story collections, which he later described as entertainments. These abound in literary allusions and in what critics have variously described as mischievous wit , exuberant fancy and a tongue-in-cheek propensity for intriguing turns of phrase. Julian Symons identified Innes as one of the farceurs ; crime writers for whom the detective story was an over-civilized joke with a frivolity which makes it a literary conversation piece with detection taking place on the side ; and described Innes's writing as being rather in the manner of Peacock strained through or distorted by Aldous Huxley . His mysteries have also been described as combining the elliptical introspection . [of] a Jamesian character's speech, the intellectual precision of a Conradian description, and the amazing coincidences that mark any one of Hardy's plots . The best-known of Innes's detective creations is Sir John Appleby, who is introduced in Death at the President's Lodging, in which he is a Detective Inspector at Scotland Yard. Appleby features in many of the later novels and short stories, in the course of which he rises to become Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Other novels feature portrait painter and Royal Academician, Charles Honeybath, an amateur but nonetheless effective sleuth. The two detectives meet in Appleby and Honeybath. Some of the later stories feature Appleby's son Bobby as sleuth. Size: Series / detective Stories. Bookseller Inventory # 5028842

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Title: The Guardians [hb in Dj, Novel, 1955 Victor ...

Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd 1955 /richard Clay and Company Ltd, Pages are Aged, Yet Clean

Publication Date: 1955

Binding: Hard Back / Cloth Binding

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes / Good Plus Cond.

Book Type: Novel, Fiction, Mystery

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