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The Cask

Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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From the Collins Crime Club archive, the seminal first novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed ‘The King of Detective Story Writers’ and recognised as one of the ‘big four’ Golden Age crime authors.

The unloading of a consignment of French wine from the steamship Bullfinch is interrupted by a gruesome discovery in a broken cask leaking sawdust and gold sovereigns. But when the shipping clerk returns with the police, the cask and its macabre contents have gone. Following the clues to Paris, Inspector Burnley of Scotland Yard enlists the help of the genial French detective M. Lefarge to check motives and alibis in their hunt for evidence of a particularly fiendish murder. 

This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Freeman Wills Crofts himself in a unique preface from 1946 about The Cask’s origins.

©2019 Freeman Wills Crofts (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The soundest builder of them all." (Raymond Chandler)

"Deservedly a first favourite with all who want a real puzzle." (Times Literary Supplement)

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The Cask

Wonderfully well crafted mystery ! For readers who appreciate the "How it was done " type of mystery.....this will be a detailed delight .....and the reader does a masterful job.

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couldn't finish

way too long and repetitive. while the narrator does a good job in general with the narrative sections, all his male characters, even the youngish ones, sound elderly.

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  • alan hunt
  • 06-19-19

Refreshing!

It's so refreshing not to have to contend with endless character delving to the nth degree of the protagonists, usually to the detriment of the plot, and which seems to be the modern tendency. Just straightforward crime sleuthing with this story, even if the plot is a tad unbelievable.