Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ten crime writers turned detective

At the Guardian John Dugdale came up with a top ten list of crime writers turned detective, including:
Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji case (1907)

After spending three years in jail for supposedly carrying out brutal attacks on farm animals and writing threatening letters, solicitor Edalji (by then unable to practise) wrote asking for help in clearing his name. Conan Doyle's resulting press campaign made the arguments in favour of the court of criminal appeal – founded in the same year – irresistible, and almost a century later inspired Julian Barnes's novel Arthur & George.
Read about the other entries on the list.

George Edalji in Arthur & George is one of Simon Lelic's top ten lawyers in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue