His first novel, The Latimer Mercy, ushered in his series hero Augustus Maltravers, a playwright and amateur detective who at first sight seems to have wandered out of a Thirties whodunnit. Fortunately, appearances are deceptive: through conventional in conception, the Maltravers books are distinguished by Richardsonís ability to shock his readers in a contemporary way. In recent years he has written none-series novels such as The Hand of Strange Children, a bravura performance in which the identity of the victims, rather than of the murderer, is concealed until the end. A more recent novel, Significant Others, was less successful, but Richardson is a quirky, interesting writer, well worth watching.
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