The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green
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The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel

Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever. Showcasing Green's verve and style, The Leavenworth Case opens with the shocking murder of Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant, philanthropist, and well-known member of the community. His favorite niece, Mary, is to inherit his fortune, and all of the evidence seems to implicate her or her sister. Yet surprises greet Gryce at every turn-even before the second murder.


About Anna Katharine Green

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ANNA KATHARINE GREEN (1846–1935) was an American author of mysteries.MICHAEL SIMS is the editor of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime, The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, and Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief, all for Penguin Classics, and the author of Apollo's Fire, Adam's Navel, and Darwin's Orchestra. He lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Published April 27, 2010 by Penguin Classic. 351 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“And here let me say that Mr. Gryce, the detective, was not the thin, wiry individual with a shrewd eye that seems to plunge into the core of your being and pounce at once upon its hidden secret that you are doubtless expecting to see.

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