Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke is a fictional detective in a long series of novels and short stories by British author R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943). Thorndyke was described by his author as a ‘medical juris-practitioner’: 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 unravelling of it.
In this first of his short story mysteries, Thorndyke has travelled to the coast to visit an old friend, when they stumble upon a corpse on the beach. From there, Thorndyke is pulled into the investigation, using all his incredible forensic skills to help prove the chief suspect could not have committed the crime. From sandy footprints to the number of mails in a shoe, everything rests on Thorndyke’s ability to infer the truth from the smallest details.
About The Narrator
Read by ADAM SAVAGE. TV Presenter (GinxTV ‘The First Hour’), journalist and writer. On GINX TV he currently hosts The First Hour, and has previously appeared on numerous shows including Planet of the Apps and GINX Live. Beyond GINX, he is a presenter and producer on several projects for ITN Productions, and has also worked for The Walt Disney Company, Samsung and ZTE.