Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The Long Arm of the Law: edited by Martin Edwards
Maybe better reviewers than I am can do that. Instead, I find myself nodding when Edwards discusses the history of police procedurals that were written at a time when amateur detective stories were more popular. But, I like what he refers to as "meticulous investigative methods". Readers of classic British crime stories will recognize the appeal of the authors who lay out the stories and allow the reader to follow along, step-by-step. And, Edwards always includes a biographical sketch of the author of these sometimes forgotten classics.
Several of the stories are based on actual cases. Fans of the genre will recognize some of the authors: Edgar Wallace, Freeman Wills Croft, John Creasey, Michael Gilbert. The stories were all published in the 20th century. But, there are detectives and stories that have been forgotten over the years. Wallace's "The Silence of PC Hirley" is a short gem. And, Christianna Brand's "After the Event" won't easily be forgotten.
Really? The best thing to say about The Long Arm of the Law is read it. If you appreciate some of the police procedurals that develop slowly and carefully, along with profiles of the authors, pick up the latest in Edwards' collections of stories.
Martin Edwards' website is www.martinedwardsbooks.com
The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards. Poisoned Press Books, 2018. ISBN 9781464209062 (paperback), 234p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the copy for review in a journal.