At a glance:
- Author: R. Austin Freeman
- Characters: Dr. John Evelyn Thorndyke, Nathaniel Polton, Christopher Jervis
R. Austin Freeman is perhaps most significant as one of the inventors of the inverted detective story, in which the reader observes the crime being committed from the criminal’s point of view and then shifts to that of the detective to watch the investigation and solution of the puzzle. These stories depend on the reader’s interest in the process of detection, rather than on the desire to know “who done it.”
Freeman’s most important character, Dr. John Evelyn Thorndyke, was the first true scientific investigator, a realistic, utterly believable...
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