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The Man Who Knew Too Much

G. K. Chesterton

Book Overview: 

Horne Fisher the eponymous hero is connected and indeed related to many of the high-ranking politicians of his age and thus ‘knows too much’ about the background of the mysteries in which he becomes embroiled and which he unravels.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . the thinning smoke, looked into the hollow shell of the ancient tower. Except for Wilson, staring around him, there was nobody there.

The inside of the tower was a single empty room, with nothing but a plain wooden chair and a table on which were pens, ink and paper, and the candlestick. Halfway up the high wall there was a rude timber platform under the upper window, a small loft which was more like a large shelf. It was reached only by a ladder, and it seemed to be as bare as the bare walls. Wilson completed his survey of the place and then went and stared at the things on the table. Then he silently pointed with his lean forefinger at the open page of the large notebook. The writer had suddenly stopped writing, even in the middle of a word.

"I said it was like an explosion," said Sir Walter Carey at last. "And really the man himself seems to have suddenly exploded. But he has blown himself up somehow without touching the tow. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Who knew these were short mystery stories instead of a long, possibly lame novel that was made into an exciting early movie in 1934 with Peter Lorre or a definitely lame 1956 movie with Doris Day singing all the time?

Not me, at least until listening to B.J. Harrison's excellent narration on The Cla

Abandono a mitad de libro. Esto del detective que descubre al asesino con el aletear de una mosca en la primera página de la novela y percibe indicios que ningún mortal ve (sin darle pistas suficientes a los mortales lectores), ya lo tengo leído hace muchos muchos años.
Le pongo 2* porque aún así le

My friend Emily Raible’s love for this impelled me to reread it! I did not remember it at all and it is the best story!! Horne Fisher does belong up there with Peter Wimsey!

G.K. Chesterton is an author who simply must be read by anyone fascinated by quality detective literature. Or literature in general for that matter. His insights into human nature, particular regarding morality, psychology and the soul or heart are profound. At the same time the mixture of wit, sarc

As always an awesome and unique story by Chesterton!

Ας γίνει ξεκάθαρο από την αρχή ότι Ο άνθρωπος που ήξερε πολλά του G.K. Chesterton ουδεμία σχέση έχει με την ομώνυμη ταινία του Alfred Hitchcock. Άρα ο James Stewart (πρωταγωνιστής της αμερικανικής βερσιόν του αξέχαστου θρίλερ) δεν είναι η κινηματογραφική ενσάρκωση του ήρωα του βιβλίου του Chestert

Languid, prematurely balding Horne Fisher is the man who knows too much: whether it’s about plankton or guns, the history of old houses and place names, or the sordid pasts of Britain’s most illustrious. Legends, mathematics, weapons, literature, science—Fisher knows it all like the back of his hand

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