Mystery Books

  • Dreamcatcher

    Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them

  • Jihad (Stephen Coonts' Deep Black, Book 5)

    The word's most effective anti-terrorist force has the tools to monitor every move the enemy makes. They've planted a listening

  • My Laugh Comes Last

    Farrell Brannigan, President of the National Californian Bank, is an extremely successful man. So when he builds another bank in a

  • Capital Crimes

    Internationally bestselling husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crim

  • Burn Marks (V.I. Warshawski Novels)

    Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news  arrives in the form of her wack

  • Tell Me Your Dreams

    Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and li

  • Bad Business (Spenser)

    One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to

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Mystery Movies

  • Interstellar (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

    With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling bey

  • Devil

    Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Prometheus

    Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundb

  • Lost Highway

    Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highwa

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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