Double Cross Purposes

Double Cross Purposes

by Ronald Knox
     
 

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The Hon. Vernon Lethaby is a flamboyant, headline-seeking exhibitionist with extravagant tastes and an allowance that barely covers his racing debts. In an unlikely partnership with middle-aged Canadian adventurer Joe 'Digger' Henderson, he strikes out for the Highlands of Scotland to hunt for Prince Charlie's treasure, which, according to legend, is interred on

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The Hon. Vernon Lethaby is a flamboyant, headline-seeking exhibitionist with extravagant tastes and an allowance that barely covers his racing debts. In an unlikely partnership with middle-aged Canadian adventurer Joe 'Digger' Henderson, he strikes out for the Highlands of Scotland to hunt for Prince Charlie's treasure, which, according to legend, is interred on the isle of Erran.

But Lathaby doesn't trust his partner, and has taken out insurance to cover him against being swindled. Enter Miles Bredon, who is sent by his employer to ensure than neither of them defrauds the Indescribable Insurance Company.

An unidentified body burned in a garage, maps, photographs and a missing key sustain this clever tale of financial skulduggery until the final pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781471900464
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,000,247
File size:
457 KB

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Meet the Author

It was Ronald Knox, who, as a pioneer of Golden Age detective fiction, codified the rules of the genre in his 'Ten Commandments of Detection', which stipulated, among other rules, that 'No Chinaman must figure in the story', and 'Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable'. He was a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, writing a satirical essay that was read by Arthur Conan Doyle himself, and is credited with creating the notion of 'Sherlockian studies', which treats Sherlock Holmes as a real-life character. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Knox was ordained as priest in the Church of England but later entered the Roman Catholic Church. He completed the first Roman Catholic translation of the Bible into English for more than 350 years, and wrote detective stories in order to supplement the modest stipend of his Oxford Chaplaincy.

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