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The Trouble with Harry (Paperback)

The Darkly Comic Mystery That Is Considered a Masterpiece of Its Genre


By Jack Trevor Story
Imprint: Westholme
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781594161421
Published: 30th November 2011



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On the outskirts of a small English town, young Arnie discovers the body of a middle-aged man in the woods. Three people are convinced they are responsible for the death: the captain thinks he accidentally shot the man while
hunting rabbits; the local spinster thinks she may have done more damage than she intended when she hit him with her shoe—and Arnie’s mother, most damningly of all, reveals that the man is her long-lost husband, Harry, and that she had smashed a bottle over his head when he suddenly reappeared.

The police are called in to investigate the crime, but free-thinking artist Sam Marlowe becomes a good-natured sleuth, helping the townspeople to bury, dig up, and rebury the corpse in an effort to evade the authorities and
discover the truth. While no one is particularly troubled by Harry’s death, everyone feels some guilt over the apparent murder. In the end, two couples fall in love, Arnie has a new father, and the mystery is happily solved.

First published in 1949, The Trouble with Harry was one of Jack Trevor Story’s early successes. Written with wit and insight, the novel was a best-seller and praised for both its succinct style and its original blend of mystery and humor. The story was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock for his film of the same name in 1955.

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About Jack Trevor Story

JACK TREVOR STORY (1917–1991) was a prolific writer of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction, and pulps, as well as scripts for film and television. He is the author of Live Now, Pay Later and I Sit in Hanger Lane, among many other novels.

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