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Mr. and Mrs. Marble live in a rather seedy house at 53 Malcolm Road in London, certainly not the best part of town, but it's all they can afford considering that neither Mr. or Mrs. Marble can live within their means. They are always in debt with no way out, until a nephew arrives one rainy and windy night with a wallet full of money, alone and with no living relatives, and a solution is seized – a most murderous scheme.
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Mr. and Mrs. Marble live in a rather seedy house at 53 Malcolm Road in London, certainly not the best part of town, but it's all they can afford considering that neither Mr. or Mrs. Marble can live within their means. They are always in debt with no way out, until a nephew arrives one rainy and windy night with a wallet full of money, alone and with no living relatives, and a solution is seized – a most murderous scheme.
Although C.S. Forester is best known for his novels about naval warfare and seafaring life, he began his career as a crime writer. Payment Deferred was a highly popular and ground breaking novel when it was first published and was also made into a movie starring Charles Laughton in his first sensational success.
Well-paced and compact, Payment Deferred a macabre look at life after murder. You'll like the excellent final twist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931541718
  • Publisher: Simon Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

C. S. Forester
One of the most popular adventure novelists ever, C.S. Forester delighted readers with his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical historical novels, which follow the career of a brave captain in the Napoleonic wars. Forester also created a great love story in The African Queen, the basis for the John Huston film of the same name.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    A memorable psychological drama. I ordered and read this on my K

    A memorable psychological drama.
    I ordered and read this on my Kindle, immediately after finishing The Pursued by the same author. If anything I enjoyed it even more.
    Poor Mr Marble, he's trapped in a stultifying job and marriage (as he sees it) and drowning in debt. His taste for whiskey doesn't help. Temptation arrives in the form of a wealthy relative, temptation he seizes without a thought for the consequences. Unfortunately for Mr Marble, this novel is a tale of consequences. Rather than the freedom he sought, has Mr Marble’s act of spontaneity condemned him to spend the rest of his days trapped in a vice of lies and deceit, from which no amount of wealth can release him?
    Forrester’s appeal to me lies in his ability to take us seamlessly from the internal tortures of one character to another. In this way, he rackets up the tension bit by bit. We may not like the characters, but privy as we are to their innermost thoughts, we understand them and empathise.
    I won't spoil the ending, but it takes an unexpected form.
    A dark domestic tale, a murder mystery and psychological thriller rolled into one.
    Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series

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