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The Man Who Knew

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A youth is lying dead in Gray Square, Bloomsbury. Constable Wiseman is at the scene, as is the handsome Frank Merril, nephew of rich John Martin. Also there is May Nuttall, whose father was the best friend Martin ever had. A small, shabby man in an ill-fitting frock coat and large gold rimmed spectacles pulls a newspaper advertisement from the deceased's waistcoat pocket. ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published February 12th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1918)
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Perry Whitford
'The Man Who Knows' is Saul Arthur Mann, a curious little chap with a big library of information on just about everything and everyone that is the envy of Scotland Yard, which he uses to pursue his own hobby for indulging in private investigations.

'Ready-Money Minute' is a ruthless businessman with a shady past of financial speculations in South Africa and Rhodesia. Latterly he has become the victim of fraud and become paranoid, while all those close to him are well aware of how vast his legacy
Feb 02, 2011 Dean rated it liked it
I downloaded this book from Gutenberg. It was written in the early 1900s. The characters were not terribly well developed, so it was difficult to care about their fates. The plot was somewhat contrived and the title character was not very believable. Even so, I found the book entertaining enough to read all the way through. The writers style was reminiscent of the period and I enjoyed his turn of phrase. For example, he writes of the main female character who is 21 years old "Twenty-one has not ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Towards the beginning of the book (it seems like something that would be in an introduction but for some reason I think it was at the beginning of the second chapter and I don't really feel like looking right now) the author made a note about how odd this story was and that it was based on legal documents, letters, May's diary and other such documents, ultimately saying that oftentimes truth is in fact stranger than fictional stories, thus implying that this story had actually happened, etc. ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Man Who Knew is a classic one by Edgar Wallace, so I was excited to read it. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed.
I liked the idea of the Character of the "Man who knows" but he could have been a little more mysterious. Plus it turned out, he actually didn't know that much.
Also I was a bit confused at the beginning about the characters, but that's not unlikely for me when I read a Edgar Wallace story. What I liked was the plot twist, I hadn't expected that conclusion. But the ending then w
Aug 06, 2016 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Starts strong and leaves one wondering what is happening page to page. Then it gets a little bogged down. He tries to keep the suspense up to the very end which unfortunately leads to an unsatisfactory ending. With so much buildup, the story and characters remain very superficial.

I thought the title was ironic; that the man called the man who knew didn't while the semi-mysterious Cole, knowledgeable right-hand man, did know. Has an almost steampunkish quality.
Dec 14, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it
This is another nice convoluted story from Wallace, with an ending that could have done with a bit of expansion. A memory expert, murder, an inheritance, bigamy, kidnapping, drugs, corruption and all the usual Wallace ingredients go to make up a story that is pure Edgar Wallace from start to finish.
Oct 20, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Interesting, but ended weird. I wonder if he died or just got tired of the story. I'll have to research when I get a minute.
Feb 10, 2016 Dustin rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I had my suspicions about who the culprit was but never really new the exact circumstances until they were revealed on the last fee pages
Dec 12, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Enjoyable crime novel set mostly in London in the early twentieth century. Featuring the sleuth The Man Who Knew.
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Quite disappointing! Good guy was bad; the Man Who Knew didn't know.
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Intriguing twist at the end.
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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875-February 10, 1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals.

Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author.

In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.

He i
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