- 224 pages
- Philip MacDonald
- 19 April 2018 Philip MacDonald
This Detective Story Club Classic Includes An Introduction By H R F Keating, Which First Appeared In The Crime Club S 1985 Disappearing Detectives Series.Colonel Anthony Gethryn Is Recalled From A Holiday In Spain To Solve A Murder In The November Fogs Of London He Finds That His Wife Is Sheltering Mrs Bronson, Whose Husband Is In Prison Awaiting Execution For The Murder Of A Gamekeeper Six Months Before A Petition For Reprieve Has Been Rejected And Bronson Will Shortly Hang For Someone Else S Crime Convinced By Mrs Bronson Of Her Husband S Innocence, Gethryn Embarks On A Seemingly Hopeless Race Against Time To Overthrow The Guilty Verdict And Find The Real Murderer And He Has Only Ten Days Before Bronson S Date With The Hangman S Noose.The Noose Saw The Return Of Philip MacDonald S Gentleman Detective Anthony Ruthven Gethryn, Whose Debut In The Rasp Six Years Earlier Had Been A Big Success Judged To Be His Best Book Yet, The Noose Had The Distinction Of Being Chosen As The First Book To Be Published In Collins Crime Club In May 1930, Helping To Immortalise It As One Of The Seminal Books Of The Crime Genre.
George MacDonald and son of the author Ronald MacDonald and the actress Constance Robertson During World War I he served with the British cavalry in Mesopotamia, later trained horses for the army, and was a show jumper He also raised Great Danes After marrying the writer F Ruth Howard, he moved to Hollywood in 1931 He was one of the most popular mystery writers of the 1930s, and between 1931 and 1963 wrote many screenplays along with a few radio and television scripts.His detective novels, particularly those featuring his series detective Anthony Gethryn, are primarily whodunnits with the occasional locked room mystery His first detective novel was The Rasp 1924 , in which he introduced his character Anthony Gethryn In later years MacDonald wrote television scripts for Alfred Hitchcock Presents Malice Domestic , 1957 and Perry Mason The Case of the Terrified Typist , 1958.He twice received an Edgar Award for Best Short Story in 1953, for Something to Hide , and in 1956, for Dream No More Indeed many critics felt that his short story writing was superior to his novels and they did win five second prizes in the annual contests held by Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine.He also wrote under the pseudonyms Oliver Fleming, Anthony Lawless, Martin Porlock, W.J Stuart and Warren Stuart.