Writing under the pseudonym Neil Gordon, A. G. Macdonell wrote several
crime and thriller novels. In the classic genre of ’20s and ’30s crime fiction,
Macdonell managed to introduce a different element, unusual twists that keep
the reader captivated and anxious to discover what came next.
Silent Murders begins with murder of an elderly tramp on the road between
King’s Langley and Berkhampstead. Nobody really knows who the tramp was
or what his background was. To his gentlemen-of-the-road peers he was
known as ‘Stuck-up Sam’. The only unusual aspect of the crime was a square
of cardboard tied to the last surviving button of the tramp’s ragged overcoat
and on which was written the word ‘Three.’ The next victim could not have
been different; for the gentleman silently shot through the open window of a
taxi, stationery in traffic, was Mr Aloysius Skinner, Chairman of the Imperial
Cochineal Company. A clue, for what it was worth, was a piece of white
cardboard on which was printed in ink the single word ‘Four’, presumably
thrown through the open window by the murderer.
Another murder took place at a quiet family tennis party in suburbia, with
the host’s elder brother being the unfortunate victim of the bullet. The police
assumed the bullet was intended for the host, Mr Henry Maddock, a gentleman
of great wealth with a dubious background in Africa from where poverty had
changed with peculiar suddenness to riches.
But with skill, ingenious twists, and a fast moving story-line, a tale is woven
to show that not all was what it seemed. . .
New introduction by Alan Sutton.
234 x 156 mm • paperback • 160 pages
A. G. Macdonell, (1895-1941) was a
journalist and satirical novelist. Without
doubt his best-known work was England
Their England, but the success of this
overshadows his other books, many of
which were classics in their own way. The
Autobiography of a Cad must surely rank
as one of the funniest books ever written
and Lords and Masters is a cutting and
hard-hitting satire with frightening
prescience, foreseeing the Second World
War as inevitable.
His American trip in 1934 is amusingly
related in A Visit to America, but his other
non-fiction is also powerful and
beautifully written, with his highly regarded
Napoleon and his Marshals
providing one of the best accounts of the
Napoleonic Wars in one single volume.
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