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Forester's masterpiece of suspense. A middle-aged bank clerk with a mountain of debt and an extravagant wife commits a murder in secret. Later, a profitable investment brings him a fortune. Haunded by his crime, he suffers an ironic fate in an excellent final twist.

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Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Simon Publications
ISBN  193154171X  
ISBN13  9781931541718  

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More About C. S. Forester

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester, born in Cairo in August 1899, was the fifth and last child of George Foster Smith and Sarah Medhurst Troughton. After finishing school at Dulwich College he attended Guy's Medical School but failed to finish the course, preferring to write than study. However, it was not until he was aged twenty-seven that he earned enough from his writing to live on.During the Second World War, Forester moved to the United States where he met a young British intelligence officer named Roald Dahl, whom he encouraged to write about his experiences in the RAF.Forester's most notable works were the Horatio Hornblower series, which depicted a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and "The African Queen" (filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels "A Ship of the Line "and "Flying Colours" were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

C. S. Forester lived in the state of California. C. S. Forester was born in 1899 and died in 1966.

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A little gem of suspense  Jul 13, 2008
This early novel by the creator of Horatio Hornblower is a little gem of suspense. Nicely done, in a spare style, this moves along a nice clip. Hitchcock might have done a good film of this - attention filmmakers - it's not too late. Of course it would work best as a period piece, set like the novel between the wars. No spoilers here - just a nod to a terrific writer near the beginning of his illustrious career. Ignore the naysayers - you'll like it.
excellent mystery  Jul 30, 2007
This was the first succestfull novel by C.S. Foresterand I believe the only mystery that he wrote which is unfortunate! It is well structured with many plot twists and a classic ending!
Guilty Conscience  Jun 17, 2005
As to the style of this work, one is reminded of H.G. Wells. William Marble is surrounded by debt. His circumstances cause him to be short with his son and his daughter. Out of the blue, his nephew, Jim Medland, recently orphaned, arrives from Australia. He is a graduate of Melbourne University and is in funds.

On the day following the visit Mr. Marble wants Annie Marble, his wife, to fire the washerwoman because he does not want a strange person hanging laundry in his garden. He instructs his wife to pay the grocer. Mr. Marble becomes fascinated with a library book called CRIMES AND CRIMINALS.

William Marble seeks to involve a bookmaker, a customer of the bank employing him, in a currency scheme since the franc is rising in value. He wants to buy his house with the proceeds. When Mr. Marble tells his family he has made a lot of money, (speculating in francs), his wife does not believe him. Marble resigns from the bank because the bookmaker is pretty free with reports as to how he gained his riches. Marble purchases the freehold at his address, 53 Malcolm Road.

When new furniture is delivered the neighbors are baffled. A French dress maker hastens to compliment the Marbles on their new dazzling Empire-style furniture. When Marble's son discovers that his father is having an affair with the dressmaker, he goes off on his motorcyle and becomes involved in a fatal crash. Later Marble is compelled to pay for the dressmaker's trip to France. The ending of the book is a surprise.
Payment Deferred - Forester's first published novel  May 9, 2001
Payment deferred is a superbly written crime novel. The main charachter is well developed and the dark plot leads to the excellent final twist. Truely a milestone in crime fiction this book was unfortunatly overshadowed by Agatha Christie's 'Murder of Roger Ackroyd ' published the same year. In my opinion this book is second only to ' The general ' as forester's best work and shows that Hornblower is only a small part of the man's literary achievments.
A Mystery by C. S. Forester?!?  Aug 12, 2000
C. S. Forester was one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th Century. His Horatio Hornblower novels are the best works in their genre. All of the Forester novels are easy to read and well crafted. Unfortunately, the time Forester spent writing Payment Deferred would have been better spent on another Hornblower novel. This is a mediocre work by a great author. It is only of interest to those of us who want to read everything written by C. S. Forester.

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