Twelve Tales of Murder

Twelve Tales of Murder

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'It was the scream of a man in the extremist agony of pain and terror. His eyes still stared into the soldier's face, but the fury had left them like a flame suddenly extinguished.' These stories are a macabre celebration of the ingenuity of murder. Victims meet their ends in ways which are sometimes gruesome, sometimes tragic, but always imaginative -- involving methods as diverse as sword swallowing, triggered bank vaults, and exploding sweets. In some cases the murderer makes a critical slip, allowing a sufficiently cunning detective to solve the crime, but in at least one the perpetrator succeeds in committing the perfect murder ...a chilling but curiously admirable act, which has a breathtaking subtlety in its execution. Jack Adrian's collection brings together stories by well-known writers in the genre, such as L. T Meade, Robert Eustace, and Tennyson Jesse, and rarer stories which have for decades been unavailable to readers.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192880756
  • 9780192880758

About Jack Adrian

About the Editor Jack Adrian has edited Strange Tales from the Strand, The Oxford Book of Historical Short Stories, and Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Richard Marsh: An Illustration of Modern Science. L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace: The Man Who Disappeared. B. Fletcher Robinson and J. Malcolm Fraser: Fogbound. Edgar Wallace: The Murder at the Port Helm. H. C. Bailey: The Profiteers. Nicholas Olde: The Windmill. A. G. McDonnell: The Murder in the Stalls. F. Tennyson Jesse: Last Times. Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace: Professor Wilkins Chances the Yard. Dornford Yates: The Real Thing. Q. Patrick: Portrait of a Murderer. Vincent Cornier: The Monster. Bibliographical Notes and Sourcesshow more

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