FIRST PENGUIN BOOKS EDITION. 1972 mass market paperback, Hugh Greene (The Spy's Bedside Book). A collection of mystery stories written in other parts of the world when Sherlock Holmes came out.
Brand: Penguin Books
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The early detective stories in Cosmopolitan Crimes: Foreign Rivals of Sherlock Holmes introduce some of his more accomplished foreign contemporaries. These fictional detectives pursued their business in France, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, United States, Denmark, Austria, and Canada. Shockingly, one French investigator even had the audacity to work in London.
Hugh Greene compiled these mysteries, all written between 1891, the year Holmes first appeared in the Strand Magazine, and the outbreak of war in 1914.
My favorites were the seven clever, amusing stories by Grant Allen - 2, Robert Barr - 1, Jacques Futrelle - 2, and Maurice Leblanc - 2. I have occasionally encountered Futrelle's quirky genius, oddly called the Thinking Machine, and Leblanc's brilliant (and unscrupulous) Arsene Lupin, but Allen's Sir Charles Vandrift and his nemesis Colonel Clay were entirely new to me. Also new was Robert Barr's creation, Monsieur Valmont, the audacious investigator...
This collection by Hugh Greene shows that there were mytery writers of the period in other countries who also had talent in suspense and twisting tales.
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