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Old 11-12-2019, 05:40 PM   #1066
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Please Name This Book. Who Wrote It?

I remember that years ago I read a book in which a group of men, maybe four of them, took it upon themselves to be judge, jury and executioners of (men) whose trials had been dismissed because of technicalities, but who were certainly guilty.

I think it was called something like "The Four Just Men" but I've just checked the Edgar Wallace book on goodreads, and it doesn't have the same plot. Agatha Christie comes to mind as the author.

If anyone recognises the plot and knows the title and author, I would be grateful for the information as I'd like to read it again. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:01 PM   #1067
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I think it was called something like "The Four Just Men" but I've just checked the Edgar Wallace book on goodreads, and it doesn't have the same plot. Agatha Christie comes to mind as the author.
And Then There Were None ?

P.S. i would ask that anyone who feels compelled to share or discuss the original title of that book find something else to enlighten everyone with. Thanks.

My first thought was actually the 1983 movie "The Star Chamber".

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Old 11-12-2019, 08:47 PM   #1068
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[...] I think it was called something like "The Four Just Men" but I've just checked the Edgar Wallace book on goodreads, and it doesn't have the same plot. [...]
Are you aware that Wallace wrote several books concerning "Just Men"? See here at Fantastic Fiction. A couple of those sound quite similar.
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:22 PM   #1069
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Sounds like "The Law of the Four Just Men", who by now are reduced to two, and consists of a set of short stories in which Leon Gonzales and George Manfred (The third survivor of the original Four Just Men, Raymond Poiccart has retired to farm onions in France) dispense justice.

1: The Man Who Lived at Clapham
2: The Man With the Canine Teeth
3: The Man Who Hated Earthworms
4: The Man Who Died Twice
5: The Man Who Hated Amelia Jones
6: The Man Who Was Happy
7: The Man Who Loved Music
8: The Man Who Was Plucked
9: The Man Who Would Not Speak
10: The Man Who Was Acquitted
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Sounds like "The Law of the Four Just Men", who by now are reduced to two, and consists of a set of short stories in which Leon Gonzales and George Manfred (The third survivor of the original Four Just Men, Raymond Poiccart has retired to farm onions in France) dispense justice.

1: The Man Who Lived at Clapham
2: The Man With the Canine Teeth
3: The Man Who Hated Earthworms
4: The Man Who Died Twice
5: The Man Who Hated Amelia Jones
6: The Man Who Was Happy
7: The Man Who Loved Music
8: The Man Who Was Plucked
9: The Man Who Would Not Speak
10: The Man Who Was Acquitted
Yes, I just checked Fantastic Fiction for this and I think this is the one. Thank you.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:16 PM   #1071
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And Then There Were None ?

P.S. i would ask that anyone who feels compelled to share or discuss the original title of that book find something else to enlighten everyone with. Thanks.

My first thought was actually the 1983 movie "The Star Chamber".
Agatha has a number of novels with confusingly different titles; some with no obvious reason for the change. Why is "Thirteen At Dinner" also called "Lord Edgware Dies"? Readers can find themselves reading the same novel twice because of this. (Or at least the first few pages.)
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Agatha has a number of novels with confusingly different titles; some with no obvious reason for the change. Why is "Thirteen At Dinner" also called "Lord Edgware Dies"? Readers can find themselves reading the same novel twice because of this. (Or at least the first few pages.)
As far as I can tell publishers have a strong influence on titles and in many cases her British and American publishers choose different titles.
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