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The Franchise Affair

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ISBN13: 9780684842561
ISBN10: 0684842564
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Robert Blair was about to knock off from a slow day at his law firm when the phone rang. It was Marion Sharpe on the line, a local woman of quiet disposition who lived with her mother at their decrepit country house, The Franchise. It appeared that she was in some serious trouble: Miss Sharpe and her mother were accused of brutally kidnapping a demure young woman named Betty Kane. Miss Kane's claims seemed highly unlikely, even to Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, until she described her prison — the attic room with its cracked window, the kitchen, and the old trunks — which sounded remarkably like The Franchise. Yet Marion Sharpe claimed the Kane girl had never been there, let alone been held captive for an entire month! Not believing Betty Kane's story, Solicitor Blair takes up the case and, in a dazzling feat of amateur detective work, solves the unbelievable mystery that stumped even Inspector Grant.

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Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is highly skeptical of a young woman's tale of her brutal kidnapping and imprisonment in a musty attic--until an enterprising young lawyer shines a light on some dark corners in The Franchise, a decrepit old country house.

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Josephine Tey is considered one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. She died in 1952.

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Sara Backer, July 15, 2010 (view all comments by Sara Backer)
I'm pleased to see Tey's mysteries were reissued without the lurid covers and dramatic blurbs with which they were originally (unfairly) packaged. Her attention to characterization and detail create a mesh of characters you don't forget after you close the book. The Franchise Affair focuses on the question of whom you believe when proof is scanty and it's one person's word against another's. Perhaps I'm biased because I share her underlying argument of whatever she writes: that people preferred to be charmed by evil doers than to think things through, and that it is wrong to reach conclusions based purely on feeling. If you want intelligent and realistic characters, sane thinking, and not a shred of sappiness, you must read Josephine Tey.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684842561
Introduction:
Barnard, Robert
Author:
Barnard, Robert
Author:
Tey, Josephine
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Traditional british
Subject:
Grant, alan, inspector (fictitious character)
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Val McDermid; Folio Society; Daughter of Time; The Singing Sands; The Man in the Queue; Miss Pym Disposes; To Love and Be Wise; The Franchise Affair; Brat Farrar; Inspector Alan Grant; Inspector Grant;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 8.33 oz

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