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Hunted Down: the detective stories of Charles Dickens

Hunted Down: the detective stories of Charles Dickens [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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CHARLES DICKENS CAN justly be regarded as the founding father of the modern detective story, but his influence on the popularity of the genre and its development has been largely understated by critics of his work and of crime writing. In this book Peter Haining does much to redress the balance, both in his admirable introduction and by his judicious selection from the novels and short stories . . . this collection reaffirms that the influence of Charles Dickens on the development and achievements of detective fiction is unchallengeable.' P.D. James , Times --P.D. James Times<br /><br />'Dickens was fascinated both by crime (especially murder) and the growing skills of the new detective force in tracking it down, and Peter Haining casts his net wide in this collection of stories that embody that fascination. he is justified too in his emphasis on their influence on crime fiction and detective stories of the past century. Graham Storey, Co-Editor of The Letters of Charles Dickens --Graham Storey<br /><br />'A fascinating anthology. His [Dickens's] tone is brisk and the details are unembellished.' Independent on Sunday --Independent on Sunday

Even with his final novel left incomplete, this collection reaffirms that the influence of Charles Dickens on the development and achievements of detective fiction is unchallengeable.' --P.D. James, The Times

'This useful collection includes juvenilia and the more interesting stories from 1850 to 51. These have real sociological significance, the first real appearance in English society of the detective proper.' --The Glasgow Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 75 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406832669
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082ZBNR4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Hunted Down is a very nice, gripping and well written story by Charles Dickens. Indeed it is a detective story, but sadly it is the only story in this book; for some reason the title is misleading.

Chief Manager of a Life Assurance office, relates a fascinating story of fraud, betrayal, murder and love that is written in the realistic and at times brutal style of Charles Dickens. Although this cat and mouse detective story is very different from the author's other works, it provides a vivid, insightful approach on the 'best and worst' of Dickens society. The story is relatively short, about fifty pages, but it is definitely worth reading.

A note on the Kindle edition: This was the first Kindle book I read and I was shocked by the fact that there are some errors. Other then that, it was extremely easy to download and a pleasure to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - only one story! 10 Jun 2012
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This book, as other reviewers have pointed out, contains only one short story not stories. I'm someone who has come to Dickens relatively late in life and through accessing some of his lesser known works via the Kindle Classics I am getting to enjoy his writing.

Needless to say, Dickens writes a good detective story with his usual keen description of his characters and setting. This is the story of an Insurance Fraud that is told through the eyes of a Chief Officer for a London Insurance Company. Would really like to read more stories by Dickens in this vein.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 9 Oct 2010
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This file contains just one of Dickens' short stories called Hunted Down, not a number of stories as implied by the title.

The story itself is ok, certainly not one of his greats, and while it shows some small signs of Dickens' characteristic style in the description of the villain, it's all a bit bland really, involving a very see-through insurance fraud.

Worth a read if you're either a die-hard Dickens fan or you want a taster of his work - though do bear in mind this doesn't have any of the energy and grotesque characters of his novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a short but intriquing tale of the wrong doings and the eventual downfall of Julius Slinkton, as told by the retired manager of the Life Assurance Office, otherwise known as Mr Sampson. I loved the portrayal of the characters in this short story and couldn't put it down. Why it's called 'detectives stories' I don't know as it only seems to contain the one tale. Yes I would recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars let down 7 Jun 2014
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Felt very disappointed as it says the detective stories . I was quite excited as I am a Charles dickens fan and thought I had read all his stuff. It then turned out to be one snort story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 May 2014
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These stores are neglected by story tellers, film and TV producers. Ideal for Radio. A great book to drop into.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ebook trial Dickens review 27 Mar 2014
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Trial e-book on owning a kindle fire.....didn't realize Dickens wrote in this style, a clever change and a nice read
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I was disappointed with this book as it only contains 2 stories and they are left rather open ended. I don't know if they are supposed to be like that or Charles Dickens didn't finish writing them.
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