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Malice Aforethought
By (author): Francis Iles Afterword by: Barry Forshaw
9781509889365 Hardcover English FICTION / Classics Mar 19, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 6.71 x 6.99 x 0.71 in | 190 gr 336 pages Pan Macmillan Macmillan Collector's Library
A dark and cynically comical psychological suspense with an afterword by Keating Award-winning writer, Barry Forshaw. It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr. Bickleigh took any active steps in the matter. So begins the classic crime novel, Malice Aforethought. Dr Edmund Bickleigh and his insufferable wife Julia are hosting their annual tennis party where gossip rivals tennis as the most interesting sport. The seemingly genteel doctor is unable to tolerate his wife's incessant henpecking any longer, distracted as he is by his young and attractive female guests. And as his passion for one in particular, the mysterious Gwynfrd Rattery grows, so does his resolve to murder his wife. Francis Iles' classic crime novel is one of the earliest and finest examples of the inverted detective story - we know who committed the crime, the question is, will he get away with it? Set in stuffy 1930s England, and narrated by the devious Dr Bickleigh himself, Malice Aforethought is impeccably plotted and darkly comic. This edition features an afterword by crime writing expert and award-winning writer, Barry Forshaw. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Francis Iles was the pseudonym for Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1971). Born in Watford and educated at Oxford before serving in WWI, he went on to become a journalist for Punch and The Humorist magazines. He wrote his first novel in 1925 and enjoyed success with his many detective novels and short stories. In 1930, he co-founded the famous Detection Club alongside famous crime writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. He wrote three novels under the pseudonym Francis Iles of which Malice Aforethought was the most famous. On publication it created a storm by revealing the criminal right from the start and focusing on the character's psychological state instead. He also wrote book reviews for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, and The Guardian under the same pseudonym. Barry Forshaw is a writer, broadcaster and journalist whose books include: British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, Brit Noir, British Gothic Cinema, Nordic Noir, Sex and Film, Euro Noir, and Death in a Cold Climate: Scandinavian Crime Fiction, along with books on Italian cinema, film noir and the first UK biography of Stieg Larsson, The Man Who Left Too Soon.

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