When a gang of desperate criminals begins leaving calling cards inscribed ‘With the Compliments of Johnny Washington', the real Johnny Washington is encouraged by an attractive newspaper columnist to throw in his lot with the police. Johnny, an American ‘gentleman of leisure' who has settled at a quiet country house in Kent to enjoy the shing, soon finds himself involved with the mysterious Horatio Quince, a retired schoolmaster who is on the trail of the gang's unscrupulous leader, the elusive ‘Grey Moose'.
Best known for creating Paul Temple for BBC radio in 1938, Francis Durbridge's prolific output of crime and mystery stories, encompassing plays, radio, television, films and books, made him a household name for more than 50 years. A new radio character, ‘Johnny Washington, Esquire', hit the airwaves in 1949, leading to the publication of this one-off novel in 1951.
This Detective Club classic is introduced by writer and bibliographer Melvyn Barnes, author of Francis Durbridge: A Centenary Appreciation, who reveals how Johnny Washington's only literary outing was actually a reworking of Durbridge's own Send for Paul Temple.
About the Author
Francis Henry Durbridge was born 25th November 1912 in Hull. In addition to writing mysteries for radio and television, Durbridge also forged a successful career as a writer for the stage and wrote 43 novels. Durbridge married Norah Lawley in 1940, they had two sons. He died at his home in Barnes aged 85 in 1998.
`Paul Temple gives thrills, suspense, and excitement for all.' Daily Mail
`Paul Temple commands a greater audience than any film actor or stage star. Temple's adventures are listened to by millions of people all over the world. Temple is the modern Sherlock Holmes.' Evening Standard
`I enjoy every minute of Paul Temple. It's great!' Daily Express
`Mr Temple, the novelist with a genius for detection, is a phenomenon . . . probably the most famous of all modern fictional characters.' London Evening News
`Paul Temple has broken all records. The most famous . . . most persistently popular detective.' Radio Times