From the Collins Crime Club archive, the first original novel to feature Ben the Cockney tramp, the unorthodox detective character created by J Jefferson Farjeon, author of Mystery in White.Strange things are happening in the untenanted houses of Jowle Street There are unaccountable creakings and weird knockings on the door of No.29, where a homeless ex sailor has takenFrom the Collins Crime Club archive, the first original novel to feature Ben the Cockney tramp, the unorthodox detective character created by J Jefferson Farjeon, author of Mystery in White.Strange things are happening in the untenanted houses of Jowle Street There are unaccountable creakings and weird knockings on the door of No.29, where a homeless ex sailor has taken up residence But even stranger things are happening in the House Opposite, from where a beautiful woman in an evening gown brings Ben a mysterious message and worse the offer of a job Ben the passing tramp was immortalised on film by Alfred Hitchcock in Number 17 , based on a popular twenties stage play and novelisation by journalist turned author Joe Jefferson Farjeon The House Opposite 1931 was the first full length original novel to feature Ben, a reluctant down at heels Cockney sleuth, who went on to feature in six successful detective thrillers from 1931 to 1952.This Detective Story Club classic includes an introduction by H R F Keating, author of the award winning Inspector Ghote mysteries, which first appeared in the Crime Club s 1985 Disappearing Detectives series.
J. Jefferson Farjeon H.R.F. Keating
Joseph Jefferson Farjeon was always going to be a writer as, born in London, he was the son of Benjamin Farjeon who at the time was a well known novelist whose other children were Eleanor Farjeon, who became a childen s writer, and Herbert Farjeon, who became a playwright and who wrote the well respected A Cricket Bag.The family were descended from Thomas Jefferson but it was his maternal grandfather, the American actor Joseph Jefferson, after whom Joseph was named He was educated privately and at Peterborough Lodge and one of his early jobs, from 1910 to 1920, was doing some editorial work for the Amalgamated Press His first published work was in 1924 when Brentano s produced The Master Criminal , which is a tale of identity reversal involving two brothers, one a master detective, the other a master criminal A New York Times reviewer commented favourably, Mr Farjeon displays a great deal of knowledge about story telling and multiplies the interest of his plot through a terse, telling style and a rigid compression This was the beginning of a career that would encompass over 80 published novels, ending with The Caravan Adventure in 1955.He also wrote a number of plays, some of which were filmed, most notably Number Seventeen which was produced by Alfred Hitchcock in 1932, and many short stories.Many of his novels were in the mystery and detective genre although he was recognised as being one of the first novelists to entwine romance with crime In addition he was known for his keen humour and flashing wit but he also used sinister and terrifying storylines quite freely One critic for the Saturday Review of Literature reviewed one of his later books writing that it was amusing, satirical, and a frequently hair raising yarn of an author who got dangerously mixed up with his imaginary characters Tricky When he died at Hove in Sussex in 1955 his obituary in The Times wrote of his deserved popularity for ingenious and entertaining plots and characterization Gerry WolstenholmeJune 2010
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