Inspector French's Greatest Case

Freeman Wills Crofts

"French once more felt baffled. Again in this exasperating case he was left at a loose end. The information he gained always seemed to fail him at the critical moment."

Charles Gething, head clerk at Duke and Peabody diamond merchants in Hatton Garden is found murdered in front of the firm’s open safe. Inspector French is assigned the case, which he works on slowly and meticulously, through a series of fascinating clues, which also take him to Holland, France and Spain and abroad. A highly entertaining, classic British mystery story.

Unlike contemporary trends with bumbling police and the amateur detective genius, Crofts opts for the classic police procedural technique with Inspector French, a first-class investigator in Scotland Yard.

Considered one of Freeman Wills Croft’s best works, Inspector Frenchs Greatest Case – the first in the long-running series featuring French – is a masterpiece of detective fiction.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 272
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312387
  • Price : INR 399

Freeman Wills Crofts

Freeman Wills Crofts FRSA was an Anglo-Irish mystery author during the golden age of detective fiction. In 1919, during an absence from work due to a long illness, Crofts wrote his first novel, The Cask (available in the yellowbacks series), which established him as a new master of detective fiction. Crofts continued to write steadily, producing a book almost every year for thirty years, in addition to a number of short stories and plays. He is best remembered for his favourite detective, Inspector Joseph French, who was introduced in his fifth book, Inspector French's Greatest Case (1924). Inspector French always set about unravelling each of the mysteries presented him in a workmanlike, exacting manner – this approach set him apart from most other fictional sleuths. In 1929, he abandoned his railway engineering career and became a full-time writer. He settled in the village of Blackheath, near Guildford, in Surrey, and a number of his books are set in the Guildford area.

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