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The Ponson Case

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?The second crime novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, 'the King of Detective Story Writers' and one of the 'Big Four' Golden Age crime authors.

?This 2019 Spitfire Publishers edition includes all the original illustrations, which are critical to the plot.

?'Supremely good' YORKSHIRE POST.

?'The soundest builder [of plots] of them all' RAYMOND CHANDLER.

When the battered body of Sir William Ponson is discovered in a river near his home at Luce Manor a terrible accident is assumed. Inspector Tanner of Scotland Yard thinks otherwise and investigates a web of suspicion, unbreakable alibis, and a mysterious footprint at the crime scene...


Freeman Wills Crofts, the 'King of Detective Story Writers', was one of the pre-eminent writers in the golden age of British crime fiction. Acclaimed by his contemporaries, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, he wrote more than 30 detective novels and was a founder member of the hugely influential DETECTIVE CLUB. Crofts's most famous creation was Scotland Yard detective, Inspector French ('As near the real thing as any sleuth in fiction' THE SUNDAY TIMES).
Born in Dublin, Crofts became an engineer and wrote his debut novel, THE CASK: A DETECTIVE STORY ('An imaginatively ingenious mystery' THE EVENING STANDARD) in 1919 during a long absence from work due to illness. He became a full-time writer in 1929 and moved to England with his wife Mary to live in Guildford. He died in 1957.


'One of the classics of modern crime fiction' NEW YORK TIMES
'Exactly what a detective novel should be - ingenious, lucid, reasonable, intricate and exciting' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
'The author who goes from strength to strength with every book he writes. The construction is flawless' THE DAILY MAIL
'Yet another instance of his unfailing ingenuity' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'If there is a better writer of detective stories alive, I would like to know his name' GLASGOW CITIZEN
'A detective novel by Freeman Wills Crofts is always an event' THE DAILY EXPRESS
'Freeman Wills Crofts' crimes are solved with dogged diligence and attention to detail... they seem to have improved with age.' THE INDEPENDENT
'Supremely good' YORKSHIRE POST
'Freeman Wills Crofts is the only author who gives us intricate crime in fiction as it might really be, and not as the irreflective would like it to be' THE OBSERVER
'Brilliant... will delight all lovers of detective fiction' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
'The soundest builder [of plots] of them all' RAYMOND CHANDLER
'Deservedly a first favourite with all who want a real puzzle' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'He is our cunningest fitter of jigsaws, our timetable king and master of the alibi, and no one has ever yet wearied of his skill' DOROTHY L. SAYERS

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  • Publication Date: September 19, 2019
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 255 Pages
  • File Size: 756 KB

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