Francis Iles was one of the pseudonyms for Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893-1971). He was born in Watford and served in World War I before working as journalist for Punch and The Humorist magazines. He wrote his first novel in 1925 and enjoyed success with his many detective books and short stories. In 1930 he co-founded the famous Detection Club alongside famous crime writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. He wrote four novels under the pseudonym Francis Iles of which Malice Aforethought was the most famous.
A fascinating insight into a troubled mind, and a gripping
thriller, the novel has been twice adapted for television with
Hywel Bennett and Ben Miller in the main part -- `1,000 novels
everyone must read: Crime' * Guardian *
This classic crime novel, with its focus on the mindset of a murderer, set the genre in a new direction * Publishers Weekly *
A pioneer of psychological suspense fiction with a seasoning of cynical wit * Mystery Scene *