T.J. Binyon lectures in Russian literature at Wadham College, Oxford.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003. A major biography of one of literature’s most romantic and enigmatic figures, published in hardback to great acclaim: ‘one of the great biographies of recent times’ (Sunday Telegraph).
'No-one has approached the vast, continuing corpus of detective fiction in quite this way before.' Financial Times What is it that has always made the detective such a popular figure in fiction? Why are we always so seduced by the search to discover 'whodunit'? And how far back does this fascination go? Following the trail of the detective - from Poe's Chevalier Dupin to the time of this book's first publication in 1989 - T J Binyon's brilliant history explores one of fiction's most enduring characters, in all its many guises. Murder Will Out is an essential guide for anyone who has ever been gripped by a good crime novel and wants to investigate further.
David Burnsall, a small-time military publisher, is on holiday in Greece with his wife Sue when he learns that his father in law has killed himself. As the head of an Oxford College, Sir Henry Pewsey's death sparks off unpleasant rumours about a hidden scandal from his past. When Sue leaves him for a good-looking historian with a prurient interest in Pewsey's papers, it's left to David to try and save his father-in-law's reputation. In investigating his life though - in particular his war-time collaboration with the Greek resistance, he is caught up in a violent race which ends, dramatically and unexpectedly, on an island in the Ionian Sea.
1970s Moscow. Vanya Morozov is a teacher of English Literature. Not a party member, he views life and politics with a detached irony, and his main aim is to lead a quiet life. That is until his past starts to catch up with him. Twelve years earlier he and three other students spent an intense summer in the country. Since then their paths diverged - Tanya became a passionate film director; Alik an ambitious careerist and rising star in the KGB; and Lyuba, dreamy and idealistic, caught up in a strange underground movement. As a bureaucratic power struggle turns into something darker, the four are drawn together once again, as the Western Intelligence Agencies are alerted. As the action shifts from Moscow to Leningrad and finally to the snow-covered forests of the Volgoda regions, Vanya is forced to abandon his detachment and fight for his survival, and that of the girl he loves.