The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel
Anna Katharine Green's bestseller The Leavenworth Case was the first mystery of its kind. Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, it was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, making Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever. Showcasing Green's distinctive verve and style, The Leavenworth Case opens with the shocking murder of Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant, philanthropist, and well-known member of the community. His favorite niece, Mary, is to inherit his fortune, and all of the evidence seems to implicate her or her sister. Yet surprises greet Gryce at every turn—even before the second murder.
This edition includes an introduction and suggestions for further reading by Michael Sims, editor of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime.
Introduction by MICHAEL SIMS
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2011
- 129 x 198mm