By G. K. Chesterton
Critic, writer, and debunker extraordinaire, G. ok. Chesterton (1874–1936) overjoyed in probing the ambiguities of Christian theology. a couple of his such a lot winning makes an attempt at combining best fiction with acute social statement look during this unique choice from his top detective tales that includes the priest-sleuth Father Brown.
A Chestertonian model of Sherlock Holmes, this little cleric from Essex — with "a face as around and uninteresting as a Norfolk dumpling" and "eyes as empty because the North Sea" — seems in six suspenseful, well-plotted stories: "The Blue Cross," "The Sins of Prince Saradine," "The signal of the damaged Sword," "The guy within the Passage," "The Perishing of the Pendragons," and "The Salad of Colonel Cray."
An crucial merchandise in any secret assortment, those pleasant works provide a selected deal with for enthusiasts of classic detective tales and should interact any reader.
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