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Inspector French's Greatest Case

(1924)
(The first book in the Inspector French series)
A novel by

 
 
Considered one of Freeman Wills Crofts’ best works, Inspector French’s Greatest Case is an out-of-print masterpiece of detective fiction. It was first published in 1924. It was selected by Howard Haycraft to be one of the works included in the ultimate mystery list: The Haycraft-Queen Definitive Library of Detective-Crime-Mystery Fiction, Two Centuries of Cornerstones 1748-1948.

Unlike other mystery writers who have made the police appear to be incompetent, Crofts has given us the brilliant Inspector French, a first class investigator, albeit within the ranks of Scotland Yard. Charles Gething, head clerk at London’s Duke and Peabody’s, diamond merchants, is found murdered in front of the firm’s open safe. Inspector French is assigned the case, which he works on methodically, through a series of fascinating clues, in England and abroad. Crofts rewards us with a highly entertaining, thoroughly satisfying, classic British mystery story.

Genre: Mystery    

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March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 1-4344-5398-7 / 978-1-4344-5398-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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April 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-7012-1001-X / 978-0-7012-1001-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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May 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case (Lythway classics of crime and detection)
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-85046-716-0 / 978-0-85046-716-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Lythway P.
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February 1970 : UK Hardback

Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-00-244361-9 / 978-0-00-244361-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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June 1924 : Textbook Binding

Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 9997497473 / 978-9997497475
Publisher: William Collins Pub
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Paperback Editions

1925 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case (Inspector French Mystery)
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-00-819058-5 / 978-0-00-819058-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 1-78002-045-7 / 978-1-78002-045-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Langtail Press
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 1-4344-5397-9 / 978-1-4344-5397-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
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October 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 1-84232-399-7 / 978-1-84232-399-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus
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December 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-9677143-0-3 / 978-0-9677143-0-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Merion Press, Inc.
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January 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-7012-0605-5 / 978-0-7012-0605-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd
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January 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-88184-266-4 / 978-0-88184-266-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub
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February 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Crofts Freeman Wills : Inspector French'S Greatest Case (Penguin crime fiction)
Author(s): Freeman W Crofts
ISBN: 0-14-000918-3 / 978-0-14-000918-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case: An Inspector French Mystery
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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November 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case: An Inspector French Mystery
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Inspector French's Greatest Case (Inspector French Mystery, Book 1)
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
Publisher: Collins Crime Club
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