R. Austin Freeman

R. Austin Freeman (1862-1943) was a British author of detective stories. A pioneer of the inverted detective story, in which the reader knows from the start who committed the crime, Freeman is best known as the creator of the "medical jurispractitioner" Dr. John Thorndyke. First introduced in The Red Thumb Mark (1907), the brilliant forensic investigator went on to star in dozens of novels and short stories over the next decades. 

“[Freeman] has no equal in his genre.” —Raymond Chandler

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