Collects 8 stories featuring Secret Service agent Mr. Pond., by important Golden Age author and creator of Father Brown.
Including: The Tree Horsemen of the Apocalyse; The Crime of Captain Gahagan; When Doctors Agree; Pond The Pantalaloon; The Unmentionable Man; Ring of Lovers; The Terrible Troubadour; and A Tall Story. Chesterton’s delightful amateur sleuth, a deceptively “mild little man” who knows thoroughly the ways of the world.
The main characters in the book are Mr. Pond, his friend Captain Peter Gahagan, a romantic and impulsive Irishman, and a well-known government official, Sir Hubert Wotton. Also mentioned in more than one chapter are Violet Varney, an actress, and her sister Joan, to whom Gahagan proposes after being suspected of having an affair with Lord Crome’s wife in “Ring of Lovers”. Joan, now married to Gahagan, appears in the framing sequence of “A Tall Story”.
‘The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond’ is G. K. Chesterton’s final collection of detective stories, published after his death in 1936.