|Title:||Antidote to Venom (Inspector French #17)|
|Author:||Crofts, Freeman Wills|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Description:||The most interesting feature of Antidote to Venom is its structure: as an inverted detective novel, it starts out following the criminals and not the detective, dealing with the prelude to murder from the eyes of the guilty. In this case, the guilty is one George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo and desperate for money. His marriage is dry and loveless, all due to his perpetual lack of funds. He’s scraped by for years waiting for an inheritance from a wealthy aunt. And when he falls for another woman and takes her up as his mistress, he finds the need for wealth even more pressing—with the inheritance, he can start life anew, dreaming of life in a small cottage with his mistress.
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|Comments:||Inspector French |
Author Bio for Crofts, Freeman Wills
Freeman Wills Crofts FRSA (1 June 1879—11 April 1957) 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 (1920), 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, including The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) and Crime at Guildford (1935). Many of his stories have a railway theme, and his particular interest in the apparently unbreakable alibi often focused on the intricacies of railway timetables. At the end of his life, he and his wife moved to Worthing, Sussex in 1953, where they lived until his death in 1957, the year in which his last book was published.
Crofts also wrote one religious book, The Four Gospels in One Story, several short stories, and short plays for the BBC.
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