The Man Who Knew Too Much

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“Modern intelligence won’t accept anything on authority. But it will accept anything without authority. That’s exactly what has happened here.” — Horne Fisher in The Man Who Knew Too Much
 
From the creator of the Father Brown mysteries come nine short stories, eight of which trace the activities of Horne Fisher, “the man who knew too much,” and his trusted friend Harold March, a political journalist. Horne is a socialite who uses his keen mind and powerful gifts of deduction to investigate crimes committed on the sprawling country estates of the aristocracy. The other story, “The Trees of Pride,” revolves around the fictional character Squire Vane.
Much loved for their wit and sense of wonder, these stories offer a fascinating portrait of upper-crust society in pre-World War I England. Highly regarded as a biting social commentator, Chesterton fully displays his humorous and insightful comparisons through his colorful and poetic prose.
 

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English writer, philosopher, satirist, and social critic. During his lifetime, the prolific Chesterton wrote eighty books, several hundred poems, some two hundred short stories, four thousand essays, and several plays. He was also known as a strong debater and Christian apologist. He often took on what he considered to be the flawed philosophy of modernism found in the writings of his good friends Oscar Wilde... Read More

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English writer, philosopher, satirist, and social critic. During his lifetime, the prolific Chesterton wrote eighty books, several hundred poems, some two hundred short stories, four thousand essays, and several plays. He was also known as a strong debater and Christian apologist. He often took on what he considered to be the flawed philosophy of modernism found in the writings of his good friends Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. It was Shaw who once referred to Chesterton in Time magazine as “a man of colossal genius.” Chesterton’s writings consistently displayed wit and a sense of humor. His ingenious use of paradox in his commentaries on the leading political, economic, philosophical, and theological beliefs makes his writings as relevant today as they were in his day.

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