Thursday, September 04, 2008

Happy birthday, Cyril Hare.

Cyril Hare, the creator of lawyer sleuth Francis Pettigrew, was born today in Mickleham, UK, in 1900. Hare, the pseudonym for judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, wrote nine mystery novels and was a talented short story writer; his favorite of his work is said to be Tragedy at Law (1942). He has an interesting piece in Michael Gilbert's Crime in Good Company (1959) on the classic mystery and served as an inspiration to Gilbert to pursue a mystery writing career. See Martin Edwards's essay on "The Reluctant Detective: Francis Pettigrew and Cyril Hare" here.

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