|William Willoughby Sharp (1900-1956)|
(1) a photo of the author (looking quite dapper, I must say)
(2) a photo of the front panel and spine of the dust jacket for Murder of the Honest Broker.
I thought people would like to see these, since I have been rattling on at some length about Mr. Sharp. As far as I know this is the only photo on the net of William Willoughby Sharp II.*
*(of course there are many photos of his artist son, William Willoughby Sharp III)
|on the floor of the Stock Exchange|
something more than share prices
"What's more welcome these days [as a corpse in a detective novel]," asked Todd Downing in his 1934 review of Murder of the Honest Broker, "than a nice, well-fed financier?"
Probably a lot of Depression-era mystery readers were thinking the same thing. Willoughby Sharp, himself retired from stockbroking after a half-dozen years, generously provided detective fiction fans with not one, but two stockbroker corpses.