Freeman Wills Crofts

Freeman Wills Crofts (1879-1957) was an Irish author of detective fiction. Born in Dublin, he spent decades as a railroad engineer in Northern Ireland. When a long illness kept him away from work, he wrote The Cask (1920), a mystery novel that launched him to immediate popularity. He continued writing after he returned to work, finally leaving the railroad in 1929 to write full time. His best-known novels include The Starvel Hollow Tragedy (1927) and The 12:30 from Croydon (1934).

“This early story by Freeman Wills Crofts has lost nothing in the passage of time: indeed, it seems almost better than ever. . . . One of the classics of modern crime fiction.” —The New York Times

“The soundest builder of them all.” —Raymond Chandler

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