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James Tarrant, Adventurer

James Tarrant, Adventurer

(Circumstantial Evidence)
(Book 21 in the Inspector French series)
A novel by


"The soundest builder of them all."
Raymond Chandler

James Tarrant's position as an assistant chemist in a sleepy village backwater does not satisfy his craving for wealth. The infatuated Merle Weir, a nurse at a local convalescent home, agrees to help him in a not-quite-legal scheme to sell their own indigestion remedy on the back of another's reputation. When Tarrant breaks his promise and becomes engaged to another, Merle talks of revenge. Could she really have murdered her partner in crime? Inspector French investigates. Freeman Wills Crofts was born in Dublin and worked in railway engineering before turning to detective fiction. To his plots he brought a mind trained in mathematics, specialising in the seemingly unbreakable alibi and transport timetables. His best-known character is Inspector Joseph French, who appears for the first time in Inspector French's Greatest Case. French achieves his results through dogged persistence. Raymond Chandler praised Crofts' plots, calling him 'the soundest builder of them all'.

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

August 1971 : UK Hardback
Title: James Tarrant, Adventurer
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 0-85046-234-7 / 978-0-85046-234-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Lythway P.
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Paperback Editions

October 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: James Tarrant, Adventurer
Author(s): Freeman Wills Crofts
ISBN: 1-84232-400-4 / 978-1-84232-400-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: House of Stratus
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