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Unruly Son

(1978)
(Death of a Mystery Writer)
(A book in the Idwal Meredith series)
A novel by

 
From master mystery writer Robert Barnard, one of his early novels, Death of a Mystery Writer.

First published in 1979, Death of a Mystery Writer received an Edgar Award nomination for "Best Novel" of that year. It's with great pleasure that Scribner reissues this beloved novel from one of the most respected names in crime writing.

Sir Oliver Fairleigh-Stubbs, overweight and overbearing, collapses and dies at his birthday party while indulging his taste for rare liquors. He had promised his daughter he would be polite and charitable for the entire day, but the strain of such exemplary behavior was obviously too great. He leaves a family relieved to be rid of him, and he also leaves a fortune, earned as a bestselling mystery author.

To everyone's surprise, Sir Oliver's elder son, who openly hated his father, inherits most of the estate. His wife, his daughter, and his younger son are each to receive the royalties from one carefully chosen book. But the manuscript of the unpublished volume left to Sir Oliver's wife -- a posthumous "last case" that might be worth millions -- has disappeared. And Sir Oliver's death is beginning to look less than natural.

Into this bitter household comes Inspector Meredith, a spirited Welshman who in some ways resembles Sir Oliver's fictional hero. In Robert Barnard's skillful hands, Inspector Meredith's investigation becomes not only a classic example of detection but an elegant and humorous slice of crime.

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Hardback Editions

April 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer: A Murder Mystery (Of Course) (Scribner Crime Classics)
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-7432-2934-7 / 978-0-7432-2934-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death of a mystery writer
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-8161-3081-7 / 978-0-8161-3081-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. K. Hall
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November 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-684-16280-6 / 978-0-684-16280-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
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May 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Unruly Son
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-00-231856-3 / 978-0-00-231856-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unruly Son (Bello)
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 1-4472-4061-8 / 978-1-4472-4061-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
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August 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-14-023786-0 / 978-0-14-023786-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Unruly Son
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-09-958250-3 / 978-0-09-958250-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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July 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-440-11796-8 / 978-0-440-11796-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell Books
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March 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0-440-12168-X / 978-0-440-12168-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Audio Editions

April 1999 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Unruly Son: Unabridged
Author(s): Robert Barnard
ISBN: 1-86042-563-1 / 978-1-86042-563-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Death of a Mystery Writer: A Murder Mystery (Of Course)
Author(s): Robert Barnard
Publisher: Scribner
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February 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Unruly Son
Author(s): Robert Barnard
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   



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