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Antidote to Venom

Antidote to Venom

A British Library Crime Classic

by Freeman Wills Crofts
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/07/2015
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Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

"Crofts makes great use of the 'inverted mystery' structure (he was among the first to employ the technique) in which the traditional whodunit is turned on its head, with the reader following the murderer through temptation and commission and then watching the detective sort through the sparse clues." -Booklist STARRED review

George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a man with many worries: his marriage is collapsing; his finances are insecure; and an outbreak of disease threatens the animals in his care.

As Surridge's debts mount and the pressure on him increases, he begins to dream of miracle solutions. But is he cunning enough to turn his dreams into reality-and could he commit the most devious murder in pursuit of his goals?

This ingenious crime novel, with its unusual 'inverted' structure and sympathetic portrait of a man on the edge, is one of the greatest works by this highly respected author. The elaborate means of murder devised by Crofts's characters is perhaps unsurpassed in English crime fiction for its ostentatious intricacy.

This new edition is the first in several decades and includes an introduction by the award-winning novelist and crime fiction expert Martin Edwards.
ISBN:
9781464203794
9781464203794
Category:
Crime & Mystery
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-07-2015
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
278
Dimensions (mm):
210x133x19mm
Weight:
0.33kg
Freeman Wills Crofts

Once dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers', Freeman Wills Crofts was an Irish railway engineer whose brilliant first mystery novel, The Cask, was motivated by an extended illness in 1919.

Outselling Agatha Christie, and renowned for his ingenious plotting and meticulous attention to detail, Crofts followed up with The Ponson Case (1921) and no less than thirty books featuring the iconic Scotland Yard detective, Inspector French.

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