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The Red Thumb Mark

The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
By: (1862-1907)

Missing diamonds, untouched safe, two blood smeared thumb prints and a mysterious Mr X. If these are present, Dr Thorndyke must be there too. Will he be able to solve this case?

The Red Thumb Mark is the first novel of Freeman’s best-selling Thorndyke series.

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In writing the following story, the author has had in view no purpose other than that of affording entertainment to such readers as are interested in problems of crime and their solutions; and the story itself differs in no respect from others of its class, excepting in that an effort has been made to keep within the probabilities of ordinary life, both in the characters and in the incidents.

Nevertheless it may happen that the book may serve a useful purpose in drawing attention to certain popular misapprehensions on the subject of finger prints and their evidential value; misapprehensions the extent of which may be judged when we learn from the newspapers that several Continental commercial houses have actually substituted finger prints for signed initials.

The facts and figures contained in Mr. Singleton's evidence, including the very liberal estimate of the population of the globe, are, of course, taken from Mr. Galton's great and important work on finger prints; to which the reader who is interested in the subject is referred for much curious and valuable information... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 3, 2019
Subject: The Red Thumb Mark
Good story with interesting characters. I liked the slower pace of older stories when they are being read out loud
Reviewer: - March 11, 2018
Subject: The red thumb mark
Had to give up in chapter 7 ,just too slow for me.
Reviewer: - May 9, 2015
Subject: The Red Thumb Mark
A good story with a clever resolution, well narrated although two chapters 6+7, have poor audio quality.

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