For The Defence: Dr. Thorndyke Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 461 KB
- Print length : 246 pages
- ASIN : B07P6GYJZF
- Publisher : Reading Essentials (25 February 2019)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 944,342 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Margaret Doreen Anderson
A mistakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2019
I found I already had this under different name, but found it IMPOSSIBLE to return.
Incredibly badReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2014
The plot of this novel - and I am a great Thorndyke fan - defied all my attempts at suspension of disbelief.
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Another great Thorndyke storyReviewed in the United States on 14 April 2018
It's a slow and tedious opening, wherein the protagonist is shown to be an amiable donkey, but as he gets into bigger and bigger messes it starts to warm up. And then he starts to return to common sense and appoints Dr. Thorndyke for the defence. And the great man does his stuff. A lovely book.
I love Dr. ThorndykeReviewed in the United States on 11 September 2014
I love Dr. Thorndyke, but was disappointed in this novel that he only made an appearance in the later part of the story. The first 80% of the book talked about the problems of the protagonist in excruciating detail. Without giving too much away, it is a Hitchcockian story of mistaken identity where an innocent man is caught in the coils of the law. A good story, but it goes on too long, in my humble opinion.
Get ThorndykeReviewed in the United States on 14 December 2013
Freeman is one of my favorite authors, and Dr. Thorndyke never disappoints. It is a pleasure to be able to get Freeman's wonderful books electronically - I could never find them in print editions.