Friday, July 10, 2009

Unfinished Graham Greene Mystery Novel Discovered; To Be Serialized in The Strand Magazine

Graham Greene

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a long lost unpublished, unfinished mystery novel by Graham Greene has been discovered. Found at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin by Francois Gallix, the manuscript is believed to have been written by the author when he was 22.

The story is set in a country house, and the first chapter opens as the guests assemble in the morning and notice that one, Richard Groves, whom everyone regards as "a lazy devil," is conspicuously absent. When their irritation at Groves’ absence turns into concern, they go to wake him and break down his locked bedroom door, only to find him murdered, slain by a knife in his chest.

The Strand Magazine is taking the five chapters of the manuscript and will publish them as a serial, starting with its forthcoming July issue. "To me what is wonderful about all of this is that Greene published a few short stories in the old Strand," said Andrew Gulli, The Strand Magazine’s managing editor, "so I feel we’re continuing the tradition." Gulli added that his magazine would like to find a writer to finish the manuscript.

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