Trouble with Harry, The
|Author||Jack Trevor Story|
This classic black comedy became a bestseller, praised for its succinct style and its original blend of mystery and humour, and made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955.
On the outskirts of a small English town, young Arnie discovers the body of a middle-aged man in the woods. Three people are convinced they are responsible for the death: the captain thinks he accidentally shot the man while hunting rabbits; the local spinster thinks she may have done more damage than she intended when she hit him with her shoe—and Arnie’s mother, most damningly of all, reveals that it might have been her too.
The police are called in to investigate the crime, but free-thinking artist Sam Marlowe becomes a good-natured sleuth, helping the townspeople to bury, dig up, and rebury the corpse in an effort to evade the authorities and discover the truth about Harry.