Beware of Johnny Washington

Beware of Johnny Washington

Francis Durbridge, Melvyn Barnes
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Republished for the first time since 1951, Beware of Johnny Washington is Francis Durbridge' s clever reworking of the very first Paul Temple radio serial using his new characters, the amiable Johnny Washington and newspaper columnist Verity Glyn. Includes as a bonus the first Paul Temple short story, ' A Present for Paul' . When a gang of desperate criminals begins leaving calling cards inscribed ' With the Compliments of Johnny Washington' , the real Johnny Washington is encouraged by an attractive newspaper columnist to throw in his lot with the police. Johnny, an American ' gentleman of leisure' who has settled at a quiet country house in Kent to enjoy the shing, soon finds himself involved with the mysterious Horatio Quince, a retired schoolmaster who is on the trail of the gang' s unscrupulous leader, the elusive ' Grey Moose' . Best known for creating Paul Temple for BBC radio in 1938, Francis Durbridge' s prolific output of crime and mystery stories, encompassing plays, radio, television, films and books, made him a household name for more than 50 years. A new radio character, ' Johnny Washington, Esquire' , hit the airwaves in 1949, leading to the publication of this one-off novel in 1951. This Detective Club classic is introduced by writer and bibliographer Melvyn Barnes, author of Francis Durbridge: A Centenary Appreciation, who reveals how Johnny Washington' s only literary outing was actually a reworking of Durbridge' s own Send for Paul Temple.
' Paul Temple gives thrills, suspense, and excitement for all. ' Daily Mail' Paul Temple commands a greater audience than any film actor or stage star. Temple' s adventures are listened to by millions of people all over the world. Temple is the modern Sherlock Holmes. ' Evening Standard' I enjoy every minute of Paul Temple. It' s great!' Daily Express' Mr Temple, the novelist with a genius for detection, is a phenomenon . . . probably the most famous of all modern fictional characters. ' London Evening News' Paul Temple has broken all records. The most famous . . . most persistently popular detective. ' Radio Times
Francis Henry Durbridge was born 25th November 1912 in Hull. In addition to writing mysteries for radio and television, Durbridge also forged a successful career as a writer for the stage and wrote 43 novels. Durbridge married Norah Lawley in 1940, they had two sons. He died at his home in Barnes aged 85 in 1998.