- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (9 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330373145
- ISBN-13: 978-0330373142
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Malice Aforethought (Pan Classic Crime) Paperback – 9 Apr 1999
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
A classic crime masterpiece - and major TV adaptation --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Francis Iles is the pseudonym for Anthony Berkeley Cox, but it is for his two widely-acclaimed masterpieces, MALICE AFORETHOUGHT and BEFORE THE FACT, both written as Francis Iles, that he is most famous. Iles was also a literary reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Guardian. He died in 1971. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Iles is able to glean from the reader sympathy for his main character, in spite of the circumstances. The novel contains one of the most unusual, totally gripping finales ever written.
Superbly dramatised in the late '70's, this is a masterpiece of crime writing.
Very entertaining, and surprisingly adult crime novel. The characterisation is what makes this book stand out from the likes of Christie and Heyer. The author's knack of turning the reader's perceptions regarding the characters, on their heads means your sympathies and allegiances switch around as the book goes on. His depiction of life in this little village conjures up a stifling atmosphere of gossip, recrimination, spite and secrets. A strangely moral book full of people who do 'immoral things'. Worth reading.
I think I'm right in saying this was the first thriller where the one who Dunnit was revealed right at the beginning of the book. In fact in the first sentence! It is wonderfully well written with beautifully drawn village characters all of whom ring true. I have read it many times over the years and it never fails to grip me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little dated, which is fine by me as I like decent black & white movies too, but well written, great story line, and the suspense is perfectly tingling.Published 9 months ago by Amy Rose
A fascinating and enthralling tale with a twist, often amusing but dark at the same time. is how my daughter described the book (a gift for her). Read morePublished 17 months ago by San
Always a favourite and glad I re-visited it. I enjoy the sly humour.Published 21 months ago by teapot
If you are thinking of engaging in crime, this book will put you off! beautifully thought out. The writing seems a touch dated, though still perfectly readable, but the plot is... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2014 by Mark A. Roberts
Richly satisfying story of a hen-pecked husband getting rid of his rebarbative wife and then, fired with enthusiasm, trying to get rid of equally obnoxious girl he had fancied;... Read morePublished on 18 April 2014 by Michael Barley