Archibald Cronin. Beyond This Place. Summary

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“Beyond this place” is a novel written by Scottish author Archibald Cronin. The book was written in 1953. This detective story is about a brave man called Paul Marthy. He wanted to get his father out of prison because he was jailed unfairly and was imprisoned for 15 years.
Paul was a young man. He was getting a teacher’s education. He was a good student and a wonderful sportsman. He lived with his mother, Mrs Burgess, in Belfast. She was quite unsociable and reserved. The first five years of his life Paul had spent in the North of England. He had very good relations with his father, Rees; they loved to spend time together. Later his family moved to Wortley. When they lived there, his father died because of a railway accident. Soon after that he and his mother, Hannah, moved to Belfast.
When Paul was about 20 years old, he learned that his father didn’t die. He was accused of murder and taken to prison. As he was told, Rees killed Mona Spurling, a beautiful young woman who worked as a shop girl. The murder took place in Eldon, a district near Wortley. The police had 3 witnesses who had seen the murderer. They were Edward Collins, a driver of a laundry van, Louisa Burt, an Edward’s cousin who also worked in a laundry, and Albert Prusty, a neighbour of Miss Spurling. The murderer left 3 clues against himself. The 1st one was a picture postcard. The 2nd was a half burnt note. The last one was a money bag made of human skin which was lying near her body. The motive of murder was also clear – the killed woman was expecting a baby and the man who had murdered her was the child’s father.
Paul decided to visit his father. Unfortunately, when he came there, he had been told that there are no visiting days.
The man didn’t want to go home, so he went to Wortley to visit Mr Prusty. He was the only witness whose evidence was in Rees’ favour.
Prusty said that he didn’t…...

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