WorldCat Identities

Freeman, R. Austin (Richard Austin) 1862-1943

Works: 279 works in 1,061 publications in 12 languages and 9,217 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Detective and mystery television programs  Television series  Television crime shows  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Comics (Graphic works) 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Correspondent
Classifications: PR6011.R43, 930
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by R. Austin Freeman
Fingerprints of the gods by Graham Hancock( Book )

64 editions published between 1907 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, there was Dr. Thorndyke, the first ever fictional forensic scientist. The only evidence against young Reuben Hornby in a jewel theft is his thumb print smeared in blood. It is enough to convict him of the crime until physician Dr. John Thorndyke dares to ask-and answer-the question, "Can a fingerprint be forged?" The first detective novel to engage in scientific technology, The Red Thumb Mark has become a classic for its use of real science and its introduction to the genre's very first and greatest forensic scientist, Dr. Thorndyke. Described by Otto Penzler as "the greatest medico-legal detective of all time," the tall, athletic, and handsome Dr. Thorndyke approaches crime solving firmly grounded in the disciplines and logic of medical science, making inferences from data collected at the scene of the crime instead of basing the investigation on the suspects' motivations. First published in 1907, R. Austin Freeman's tale set the stage for the forensic science detective novel we are so familiar with today, and it remains one of the greatest and most memorable of the genre. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction-novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home"--
The singing bone by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

27 editions published between 1911 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of mysteries starring forensic investigator, Dr. Thorndyke. Silas is a thief who meets Oscar Brodski, a diamond dealer, and contemplates murder. He makes it look accidental and provides for all contingencies, except the arrival of Dr. Thorndyke. In this collection of open mysteries, the reader knows the killer's identity long before the ingenious medical detective enters the scene
The best Dr. Thorndyke detective stories by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Travels and life in Ashanti and Jaman by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

22 editions published between 1898 and 2013 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1898, this is an account of a journey from Gold Coast to Bontukmu by a medical officer. He describes the journey and the interior, makes observations on dress, the prevalance of malaria, and commerce in the area
The rivals of Sherlock Holmes( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Thorndyke is an early proponent of forensic investigation; and there is the blind gumshoe Mac Carrados; and gentleman thief Simon Carne; and Mr. Carnacki who is a detective of the occult. These men pit their wits against the best that London's underworld has to offer. Victorian London was a boon for crooks and a bane to Scotland Yard, whose job it was to keep the city safe from criminals
The stoneware monkey & the Penrose mystery; two Dr. Thorndyke novels by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the defence : Dr. Thorndyke by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

19 editions published between 1930 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of Andrew, a handsome artist living with his beautiful wife. Andrew witnesses a man being shot one night by two masked assailants and on the advice of his wife, decides to remain silent about what he has seen. But when a meeting with his cousin Ronald proves to be fatal, Andrew finds himself suspecting foul play, as Ronald lies crushed on beach sands. And soon, Andrew is a suspect himself
Mr. Pottermack's oversight by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

29 editions published between 1930 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Thorndyke's casebook by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

17 editions published between 1923 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling collection of Dr Thorndyke mysteries is presented here. It opens with The Case of the White Footprints, reveals the secrets of The Blue Scarab, and teases all who read The Stolen Ingots. Freeman introduces some extraordinary detective stores to bamboozle the most able of minds
The rivals of Sherlock Holmes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime abounded in late Victorian and Edwardian times--from the streets of London to the country houses of nobility; from the royal apartments of Vienna to the hotel rooms of quiet Copenhagen. Sherlock Holmes took on many of the era's crooks, killers, blackmailers, and schemers, but so did the fictional sleuths of other celebrated writers of the time. (from container.)
Social decay and regeneration by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

12 editions published between 1921 and 2013 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The famous cases of Dr. Thorndyke : thirty-seven of his criminal investigations by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

24 editions published between 1929 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Famous Cases of Dr. Thorndyke: 40 of His Criminal Investigations (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Dr. John Thorndyke is a medical jurispractitioner - originally a medical doctor, he turned to the bar and became one of the first, in modern parlance, forensic scientists. His solutions were based on his method of collecting all possible data (including dust and pond weed) and making inferences from them before looking at any of the protagonists and motives in the crimes. (Freeman, it is said, conducted all experiments mentioned in the stories himself.) It is this method which gave rise to one of Freeman's most ingenious inventions, the inverted detective story, where the criminal act is described first and the interest lies in Thorndyke's subsequent unraveling of it. Table of Contents: Introduction Meet Dr. Thorndyke Short Stories Percival Bland's Proxy The Missing Mortgagee The Man with the Nailed Shoes The Stranger's Latchkey The Anthropologist at Large The Blue Sequin The Moabite Cipher The Mandarin's Pearl The Aluminium Dagger A Message from the Deep Sea The Case of Oscar Brodski A Case of Premeditation The Echo of a Mutiny A Wastrel's Romance The Old Lag The Case of the White Footprints The Blue Scarab The New Jersey Sphinx The Touchstone A Fisher of Men The Stolen Ingots The Funeral Pyre The Puzzle Lock The Green Check Jacket The Seal of Nebuchadnezzar Phyllis Annesley's Peril A Sower of Pestilence Rex v. Burnaby A Mystery of the Sand-Hills The Apparition of Burling Court The Mysterious Visitor The Magic Casket The Contents of a Mare's Nest The Stalking Horse The Naturalist at Law Mr. Ponting's Alibi Pandora's Box The Trail of Behemoth The Pathologist to the Rescue Gleanings from the Wreckage
John Thorndyke's cases by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

34 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mystery of 31, New Inn by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

39 editions published between 1912 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the grand tradition of the great sleuths brought to life by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes another master. John Thorndyke is cerebral, meticulous, British, and underestimated. When Thorndyke's assistant, Dr. Jervis, gets a mysterious summons to ride to an undisclosed location in a sealed-off carriage, there are signs of a dangerous plot aloof. Patiently, logically, using all his prowess for jurisprudence, Thorndyke maneuvers his way through a labyrinth of clues: broken glass, an upside down picture, a veiled woman, a box of candles. Others have declared the case "impossible," and Jervis, too, has his doubts. Will the mystery at Number 31 prove in the end to be even Thorndyke proof? - Back cover
A silent witness by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

36 editions published between 1914 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a wet and windy silent night in the sleeping city of London, the body of a man is found sprawled across Millfield Lane. So begins an ill wind and the puzzle of an intriguing stranger in this enchanting Dr Thorndyke mystery
The D'Arblay mystery by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

28 editions published between 1926 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a man is found floating beneath the skin of a green-skimmed pond one morning, Dr Thorndyke becomes embroiled in an astonishing case. This wickedly entertaining detective fiction reveals that the victim was murdered through a lethal injection and someone out there is trying to cover it up
As a thief in the night by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

23 editions published between 1928 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harold Monkhouse is usually such an uncomplaining patient so when his brother Amos calls in one night, what he doesn?t expect is to see him at Death?s door. Suspicions aroused, he demands an urgent second opinion. And when Harold is later found dead from arsenic poisoning, Amos is left in no doubt that foul play is afoot. The inquiry begins and Barbara Monkhouse is soon singled out as the prime suspect. What ensues is a roller coaster ride into crime fiction at its best as the truth of the fateful night eludes even the best of detective minds. Could it be a simple case of wife poisoning husband - or is it just possible that another shadowy figure stole into Harold?s room, as a thief in the night, to rid the world of an innocent man?
The mystery of Angelina Frood by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

13 editions published between 1924 and 2001 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beautiful young woman is in shock. She calls John Strangeways, a medical lawyer who must piece together the strange disparate facts of her case and in turn, becomes fearful for his life. Only Dr Thorndyke, a master of detection, may be able to solve the baffling mystery of Angelina Frood
The eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

19 editions published between 1929 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Egyptian mystery/thriller, also published under the title The Vanishing Man
Il mistero di New Inn 31 by R. Austin Freeman( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Dr Thorndyke's casebook
Alternative Names

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Ashdown, Clifford 1862-1943

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Freeman, Richard 1862-1943

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フリーマン, R. オースティン

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English (362)

Italian (16)

Chinese (13)

Spanish (9)

German (8)

Japanese (7)

French (6)

Swedish (5)

Dutch (3)

Czech (1)

Korean (1)

Finnish (1)

The singing boneFor the defence : Dr. ThorndykeMr. Pottermack's oversightDr Thorndyke's casebookJohn Thorndyke's casesThe mystery of 31, New InnA silent witnessThe D'Arblay mystery