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Hunted Down: The Detective Stories of Charles Dickens



By: Charles Dickens(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Jun. 2017)

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The original title of the book: Hunted Down: The Detective Stories of Charles Dickens

Hunted Down is a detective story by Charles Dickens. The astute Sampson suspects that a certain Mr. Julius Slinkton who turns up in his office one morning is not all that he seems. As Slinkton crops up more and more frequently in Sampson's life, he realises that a monstrous crime is about to be committed. But a counter plot is hatched and the hunter quickly becomes the hunted. Dickens excels again in his masterful portrayal of character and insightful description the society of his day. The story functions both as a fast paced narrative which draws the reader swiftly into the story and as a psychological analysis of the most villainous conman imaginable.

CHARLES DICKENS CAN justly be regarded as the founding father of the modern detective story, but his influence on the popularity of the genre and its development has been largely understated by critics of his work and of crime writing. In this book Peter Haining does much to redress the balance, both in his admirable introduction and by his judicious selection from the novels and short stories . . . this collection reaffirms that the influence of Charles Dickens on the development and achievements of detective fiction is unchallengeable.' P.D. James , Times --P.D. James Times'Dickens was fascinated both by crime (especially murder) and the growing skills of the new detective force in tracking it down, and Peter Haining casts his net wide in this collection of stories that embody that fascination. he is justified too in his emphasis on their influence on crime fiction and detective stories of the past century. Graham Storey, Co-Editor of The Letters of Charles Dickens --Graham Storey'A fascinating anthology. His [Dickens's] tone is brisk and the details are unembellished.' Independent on Sunday --Independent on SundayEven with his final novel left incomplete, this collection reaffirms that the influence of Charles Dickens on the development and achievements of detective fiction is unchallengeable.' --P.D. James, The Times'This useful collection includes juvenilia and the more interesting stories from 1850 to 51. These have real sociological significance, the first real appearance in English society of the detective proper.' --The Glasgow Herald --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • By David A. on 30 November 2015

    Highly dated, and I could't finish it.

  • By MISS S GITTOES on 11 June 2017

    A suitably short and mysterious story by a Master of words. Gripping from the off and captive till the end.

  • By Amanda Hall on 10 June 2012

    This book, as other reviewers have pointed out, contains only one short story not stories. I'm someone who has come to Dickens relatively late in life and through accessing some of his lesser known works via the Kindle Classics I am getting to enjoy his writing.Needless to say, Dickens writes a good detective story with his usual keen description of his characters and setting. This is the story of an Insurance Fraud that is told through the eyes of a Chief Officer for a London Insurance Company. Would really like to read more stories by Dickens in this vein.

  • By VeganReviewer on 4 December 2013

    This is a short but intriquing tale of the wrong doings and the eventual downfall of Julius Slinkton, as told by the retired manager of the Life Assurance Office, otherwise known as Mr Sampson. I loved the portrayal of the characters in this short story and couldn't put it down. Why it's called 'detectives stories' I don't know as it only seems to contain the one tale. Yes I would recommend this book.

  • By herladyship on 13 March 2012

    Fortunately this is an amazon freebie as otherwise I would be miffed at finding the title suggestion of a collection of stories was sending me in the wrong direction. But for free who really cares that this is a one story collection. Quite fun to find that Dickens is as good at crime as he is at grime. And finding a "new" classic by an old author is always a plus.

  • By Jackie M on 14 September 2014

    I enjoyed this book. It's very short and easy to read, and makes pleasant reading even though a bit old fashioned. It has the feel of a story that you find in a magazine — but that is exactly what it was written for.The title is misleading as the book consists of only the one story.

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