Heir Presumptive (1935)
the best inverted stories ever written.
The reader sees the hunt from the other side—sees the systematic
extermination of a series of heirs through the eyes of the oddly
murderer, Eustace Hendel, driven to commit his crimes by a love of
an over-riding woman—like Macbeth, he is weak and opportunistic, rather
deliberately malevolent. Despite a
reference to the “inferiority complex” on p. 130, it is heartening to
“psychology” is avoided, and that the murderer has a genuine motive:
“Succession to the peerage and estates!
How magnificent it sounded. It
meant Jill and comfort and money to play with and position—the House of
Lords!” Eustace kills his cousin David
during a most suspenseful deer-stalk in
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