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Wynne, Anthony

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Anthony WynneAnthony Wynne (1882-1963), pseudonym of Robert McNair Wilson, an English physician and author. He is the creator of Eustace Hailey, a doctor in mental diseases and amateur sleuth.

 

A fascinating insight into the character of Dr. Eustace Hailey written by the author can be found here

 

Bibliography

 

The Mystery of the Evil Eye aka The Sign of Evil (1925)

The Double-Thirteen Mystery aka The Double Thirteen (1926)

The Horseman of Death (1927)

The Mystery of the Ashes (1927)

Sinners Go Secretly (short stories) (1927)

The Dagger (1928)

Red Scar (1928)

The Fourth Finger (1929)

The Room with the Iron Shutters (1929)

The Blue Vesuvius (1930)

The Yellow Crystal (1930)

Murder of a Lady aka The Silver Scale Mystery (1931)

The Silver Arrow aka The White Arrow (1931)

The Case of the Green Knife aka The Green Knife (1932)

The Case of the Red-Haired Girl aka The Cotswold Case (1932)

Murder in Thin Air (1932)

The Case of the Gold Coins (1933)

The Loving Cup aka Death Out of the Night (1933)

Death of a Banker (1934)

The Holbein Mystery aka The Red Lady) (1935)

The Toll-House Murder (1935)

Death of a Golfer aka Murder in the Morning (1937)

Death of a King aka Murder Calls Dr Hailey (1938)

Door Nails Never Die (1939)

The House on the Hard (1940)

Emergency Exit (1941)

Murder in a Church (1942)

Death of a Shadow (1950)

 

Dr. Hailey short stories:


The Sign of Evil - Nov. 29, Dec. 6,13,20,27, 1924; January 3, 1925
The Movable Hands - February 7, 1925
The House of Death - March 14, 1925
Monte Carlo Madness - March 21, 1925
The Lonely Skipper - March 28, 1925
The Death Moth - April 25, 1925
The Mark of the Chain - May 9, 1925
The Double Thirteen - September 5, 12, 19, 26, 1925
The Revolving Death - October 10, 1925
The Wasp on the Window - October 17, 1925
The Lost Ancestor - October 24, 1925
Black Magic - November 7, 1925
Murder's Sting - November 14, 1925
Who is the Countess? - November 21, 1925
The Livid Streak - November 28, 1925
The Acid Test - December 5, 1925
Moon Metal - December 12, 1925
The Emerald Necklace - December 19, 1925
The Leather Wallet - December 26, 1925
Footsteps - January 9, 1926
The Dancing Girl - January 23, 1926
Hearts Are Trumps - January 30, 1926
The Cyprian Bees - February 6, 1926
The Gold of Tso-Fu - February 13, 1926
The Hat of Elba - February 27, 1926
The Wizard's Race - March 6, 1926
Tiger's Spring - November 20, 27 & December 4, 11, 1926
The Light on the Roof - June 11, 1927
The Jewels of Yvonne - June 25, 1927
Prudence and the Marquis - July 2, 1927
The Telephone Man - July 9, 1927
The House in the Woods - August 27, 1927
The Horseman of Death - September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 1927
The Black Kitten - October 22, 1927

Comments (4)

Jon said

at 9:54 pm on Jul 24, 2011

Basically, Wynne's writing is excruciatingly dull (potentially a cure for insomnia, though maybe not an infallible one), and though his plot is interesting, it is poorly paced, with long stretches of silence in between the action.

By the way, in case you're worried I've spoiled something for you by grabbing a murderer's confession or something, let me assure you there's still a large chunk of novel left after that speech. Dr. Hailey proves he is omniscient by going to a random town, asking around, and stumbling over a story of a dead man who may have been responsible for the first victim's depression prior to death. This really irks me because he had literally no reason for going to the place, and in fact had to be told about the person in question, as he didn't know about him himself. Pulling random plot threads out of a hat is not a trick I'm fond of.

Am I being too harsh? Maybe. I still have a huge chunk of novel left and I just want to find out how it was done already- I gave up keeping track of the who after the 4th murder/attempted murder.

You might as well scratch "Death of a Banker" off my reading list for a while. I will be sure to take a good, long break from Wynne. If I get through the book alive and well, I think I will move on to Sax Rohmer next.

Patrick O

Jon said

at 9:55 pm on Jul 24, 2011

Dr. Hailey is possibly the most bland character I've come across this year. Not just bland, but also incredibly boring and colourless to the extreme.

The weird thing about Wynne is that his prose definitely sounds like an awful Victorian melodrama. So much so, in fact, that every time he mentions a car or some other 1930s gadget, like a telephone, it's a jarring experience.

And for anyone who doubts the "Victorian melodrama" assessment, I would like the book to speak for itself and prove my case:

"He died for us!" she exclaimed in a voice in which ecstasy and revenge were mingled. "He laid down his life for us. Oh, sir, he was a good man and a fine one. Listen, the night before he died he talked a long while with our boy. John told him to go straight and tell the truth and love his mother. There were tears in his eyes, believe me, sir. Oh, si, I didn't know then that the medicine was beginning to take effect on him. 'You're tired, John,' I said. But he wouldn't have it. He got up, after the boy went to bed, and walked about the room. Like he used to walk on his bridge. 'It's been a hard fight," he said, 'but I've won. And I want you to know that, my girl. I'm a happy man this night and I haven't known happiness for years.'"

What have we got here? Tiresome cliches? Check. Boring characters monologuing their sad excuse of a heart out? Check. Dialogue that sounds like a shoddy attempt at creating Victorian language by someone who didn't bother to do any research? Check. Lack of personality or humour of any kind? Two checks!

Patrick O

Jon said

at 10:05 pm on Jul 24, 2011

I would have liked to have written about him, but I actually like Street, Crofts, Connington, etc. better. And of course, Wynne, whatever you think of him, is not a "Humdrum" and has never been so categorized to my knowledge. The melodrama and the outlandishness of many of the plots removes him from that category. Though he was a doctor, Wynne was not as into meticulous science/technology as a true humdrum should be. He had this tremendous romantic sense, which links him with Carr, but he too often created the same stock characters over and over again. Just your usual gentry country house sticks, behaving in high-handed fashion.

On thing I liked about Silver Scale and Iron Shutters was I felt like the characterization was more sober and restrained. His personal Scots background helped lend interest to Silver Scale, I thought.

Wynne had two sons who served as conservative M.P.s in parliament. One is still living but he repeatedly declined opportunities to respond to me (I had been able to contact his son, Wynne's grandson). It was a disappointment, but I suspect there was a wariness, given that Wynne's economic philosophy actually was a big influence on Ezra Pound when Pound turned fascist (!). Wynne's theories are still popular today with anti-Semitic traditionalist conservatives.

Curt

Jon said

at 10:05 pm on Jul 24, 2011


I never found any anti-Semitic material in Wynne's work, but he in the 1930s he became sympathetic to big government authoritarianism (whether Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin or Roosevelt--he linked these leaders himself). Despite the romanticism of the past he shared with Carr, he rejected individualism and embraced expanded government as a way of best achieving justice for the people. He saw global capitalism and international banking as a worse menace than Communism or Fascism. I think he really was a romantic roylist and feudalist himself. He reminds me quite a bit of Chesterton, actually, though he certainly lacks Chesterton's brilliance and humor as a writer. Carr romanticized the 17th century as well, but he never lost his pronounced libertarianism when he looked at modern political and social questions.

Curt

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