For The Defence: Dr Thorndyke (Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries)
This is the story of Andrew, a handsome artist living with his beautiful wife. Andrew witnesses a man being shot one night by two masked assailants and on the advice of his wife, decides to remain silent about what he has seen. But when a meeting with his cousin Ronald proves to be fatal, Andrew finds himself suspecting foul play, as Ronald lies crushed on beach sands. And...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by House of Stratus
(first published 1934)
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This might technically be a mystery, but since it's in the perspective of the suspect, Andrew Barton, you know the explanations of what really happened all along. It was interesting to see how he got himself into a huge predicament; his decisions gave rise to a solid case of circumstantial evidence against him. He should have been more smart, but he was literally scared out of his wits. I enjoyed this for the most part, but it is somewhat of a let down when you come to the end already knowing al...more
Oct 22, 2011 Rachel Cotterill rated it 4 of 5 stars
One of the things I really like about Thorndyke stories is that the reader is often well aware of the facts of the case - but there is still a great deal of fun to be had in seeing how Thorndyke will prove the truth and disprove any falsehoods. This is a nice example, with a protagonist who panics, makes a series of silly decisions, and eventually requires Thorndyke to dig him out of the mess.
Dr. Thorndyke is the CSI of his day. Most of the book is taken up with the account of how an innocent man gets himself thoroughly entangled in what looks like the certainty that he will be hanged, either for the death of a man he saw only once, or amazingly, for his own death! But, of course, Dr. Thorndyke is able to extricate him from this awful situation and triumph yet again.
R(ichard) Austin Freeman (11 April 1862 London - 28 September 1943 Gravesend) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story (a crime fiction in which the commission of the crime is described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator, with the story then describing t...moreMore about R. Austin Freeman...