Mystery Books

  • Mortal Fear

    A harrowing medical nightmare on the cutting edge of genetic research, Mortal Fear goes into the controversial future of mo

  • The Bride Collector

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leavi

  • Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen)

    Now A Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie MURDER, SHE BAKED: A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery The

  • Cross Country (Alex Cross)

    Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst cri

  • Talking God

    Reunited by a grave robber and a corpse, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is trying to determine the identity of a

  • The Big Fix

    Introduction by Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, who portrayed Moses Wine in the acclaimed screen adaptation of 'The

  • Under Orders

    Sid knows the perils of racing all too well, but in his day jockeys didn't usually cross the finish line with three .38 rounds in

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Mystery Movies

  • Vanilla Sky

    A renowned womanizer meets his match in his best friend's girlfriend. Just as begins to develop feelings for her, his last girlfri

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • Solaris

    Superstar George Clooney turns in a stellar performance in this "brilliant sci-fi movie" (New York Daily News) from Academy Award

  • Primal Fear

    Clever twists and a bona fide surprise ending make this an above-average courtroom thriller, tapping into the post-O.J. scrutiny o

  • Shutter Island

    Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that cr

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Mystery Authors

Cyril Hare biography




Cyril Hare

(1900 - 1958)

Pseudonym of Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, English lawyer, judge, and mystery writer; creator of Francis Pettigrew. Born in Mickleham, Clark spent most of his formative years in the country, where he learned to hunt, shoot, and fish, but he was never an avid sportsman. He was educated at Rugby, where he won a prize for English verse. He also attended New College, Oxford, where he received a coveted first in history Family tradition dictated a legal career,
and Clark was called to the bar in 1924. He joined the chambers of famed lawyer Ronald Oliver and practiced in the civil and criminal courts in and around London.

Clark was married in 1933 and settled in Cyril Mansions, Battersea. At the time, he was employed
in Hare Court, Temple. These names - as well as a far from adequate income - suggested the pseudonym he used in his literary endeavors.

Clark's first efforts were short, flippant sketches for Punch; later stories and articles were published in Illustrated London News and The Law Journal. In 1936 he wrote his first full-length detective novel, Tenant for Death. The following year, while embroiled in defending a suspected larcenist in court, he was informed that the book had been accepted for publication. Tenant for Death (1937) was called an engaging debut by Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor in A Catalogue of Crime. It concerns the disappearance of a financier-named Ballantine, who turns up as a strangled corpse in an empty and obscure house in South Kensington.

During the early days of World War II Clark toured as a judge's marshal, an experience that pro-
vided the basic material for Tragedy at Law (1942). In 1942 he was employed as a civil servant in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He served with the Ministry of Economic Warfare dur- ing the last part of the war. This position served as the inspiration for With a Bare Bodkin (1946).

Clark reached the summit of his profession in 1950, when he was appointed county court judge in his native Surrey. He traveled the circuit trying civil cases and spent his spare time writing fiction.

Aside from his judicial career and his too-infre- quent detective stories, Clark was a noted public speaker whose services were always in demand by widely varying groups. His ccupation and numer- ous outside activities, plus his inability to use a typewriter and "constitutional and incurable indo- lence, " curtailed his literary production to nine nov- els and a group of short stories.

Information source: wikipedia