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The Uttermost Farthing (a Savant's Vendetta)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Humphrey Challoner was a great savant spoiled by untimely wealth. When I knew him he had lapsed into a mere dilettante; at least, so I thought at the time, though subsequent revelations showed him in a rather different light. He had some reputation as a criminal anthropologist and had formerly been well known as a comparative anatomist, but when I made his acquaintance he ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 12th 2007 by (first published 1914)
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This Freeman work is not a Dr. Thorndyke mystery. Instead, it is the disturbing account of how a man wreaks vengeance on the miscreant who murdered his wife in a bungled robbery attempt. It also poses the question of how a moral society should deal with criminals.
International Cat Lady
This book was just.... odd. I've been enjoying reading R.A. Freeman's books (free on my Kindle) for the past few months - despite his tendency to blather on at times. While the other books of his that I have read were mysteries, this one wasn't. It was a narrative written by a man and left, after his death to his friend. The friend merely serves to introduce the story; the rest of what we read was written by the dead man - a seemingly normal fellow who turned to a life of vigilanti-ism after the ...more
After Humphrey Challoner finds his wife killed by the bullet of a robber in his home, he vows to catch the man. Mr. Challoner is a wealthy savant, and he saved the fingerprints of the robber as well as some of the robber's strange hair which Challoner's wife had in her hand. He has a private museum with a collection of both animal and human skeletons and shrunken heads. He leaves the museum and the archives to his doctor, who reveals the Museum Archives - the stories of how the skeletons were ac ...more
I really, really liked this story! this is the 1st thing I've read by this author. I didn't know very much about this story going in. we meet Humphrey Challoner. he's dying and handling it very well. he has a very well cataloged collection of skeletons which he leaves to his dear friend(forgot his name!) the story is the reading of the catalogs for these skeletons. we learn where they came from. Challoner is very, very funny and clever. there was so many times I laughed during the reading. the s ...more
Disturbing, grisly, and one of the creepiest books I've read, this is the story of a man's 20 year obsession with finding and disposing of his beloved wife's murderer. I listened to this as a free download from
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This tale isn't much of a mystery but the related events are a tad bit disturbing. Actually Mr. Humphrey Challoner is so angered by his wife's murder, that he vows to catch the person who did it and dedicates his life to this. However, Challoner ends up becoming a murderer himself and has a worrying hobby of 'preserving' his victims and carefully journaling his activities.
There's a public domain audiobook version available here from LibriVox.
This is more of a forensic horror story than Freeman's "Dr. Thorndyke" detective stories. Still enjoyable, but extremely weird.
Ramona Honan
A fantastic book but rather disturbing. A cross between Sweeney Todd and the Charles Bronson Death Wish movies.
Not so much of a mystery, but definitely disturbing.
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Richard Freeman was born in Soho, London on 11 April 1862 and was the son of Ann Maria (nee Dunn) and Richard Freeman, a tailor. He was originally named Richard and later added the Austin to his name.

He became a medical trainee at Middlesex Hospital Medical College and was accepted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

He married Annie Elizabeth Edwards in 1887 and they had two sons and aft
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