Father Brown

Father Brown

The Essential Tales

Book - 2005
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G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown may seem a pleasantly doddering Roman Catholic priest, but appearances deceive. With keen observation and an unerring sense of man's frailties-gained during his years listening to confessions-Father Brown succeeds in bringing even the most elusive criminals to justice.

This definitive collection of fifteen stories, selected by the American Chesterton Society, includes such classics as "The Blue Cross," "The Secret Garden," and "The Paradise of Thieves." As P. D. James writes in her Introduction, "We read the Father Brown stories for a variety pleasures, including their ingenuity, their wit and intelligence, and for the brilliance of the writing. But they provide more. Chesterton was concerned with the greatest of all problems, the vagaries of the human heart."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2005.
Edition: Modern Library pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780812972221
Branch Call Number: M CHESTERT
Characteristics: xvi, 258 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: James, P. D.


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Feb 28, 2014

G.K. Chesterton's humble, astute Roman Catholic priest is one of the icons (no pun intended) of mystery fiction. This excellent introduction to Father Brown contains 15 stories, distinguished by their wit, precise language and strong sense of morality. Chesterton simply wrote better than most of his peers, combining a Dickensian sense of character with a clean, modern prose style. A planned crossover with Miss Marple never happened, alas. Introduced by P.D. James.


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