Do you know of Jacques Futrelle?

Jacques Futrelle
April 9, 1875 – April 15, 1912

Here is an amazing writer that I wonder if you have ever heard mentioned among other famous mystery authors. I certainly had not.

Futrelle, was born in Pike County, Georgia, worked for the Atlanta Journal, where he began their sports section; the New York Herald; the Boston Post; and the Boston American, where, in 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared. In 1895, he married fellow writer Lily May Peel, with whom he had two children, Virginia and Jacques “John” Jr.

Futrelle left the Boston American in 1906 to focus his attention on writing novels. He had a house built in Scituate, Massachusetts, which he called “Stepping Stones” and spent most of his time there until his death in 1912.

He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, (aka The Thinking Machine) who is known for his application of logic to any and all situations. Futrelle’s peppery-tempered detective had no time for fools, and is one of the fascinating characters in our literature.

Thirty years after his first story was written, “The Problem of Cell 13” was voted their favorite by readers of a collection of detective stories chosen especially for boys. Crime writer H. R. F. Keating’s list of the 100 best crime and mystery books ever published included Futrelle’s short stories novel “The Thinking Machine.” It is truly a classic piece of literature, yet few know of it.

Returning from Europe aboard the RMS Titanic, Futrelle, a first-cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead. His wife remembered the last she saw of him, he was smoking a cigarette with John J. Astor. He perished in the Atlantic.

Futrelle’s last work, “My Lady’s Garter” was published posthumously later in 1912. His wife inscribed in the book, “To the heroes of the Titanic, I dedicate this my husband’s book” under a photo of her late husband.

I just picked up “The Problem of Cell 13” and gotta get back to it.
Cya tomorrow!

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