Philip MacDonald

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London, England, UK
British novelist Philip MacDonald was born in London, England, in 1901. His grandfather was the Scottish novelist George MacDonald. As a young man Philip was an excellent horseman; prior to World War I he trained horses bought from Argentina for the British army, and when war broke out he enlisted in the army and was posted to a cavalry unit in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq).

He began writing while in the army, and his first detective novel--the genre for which he is best known--was "The Rasp", published in 1924, which introduced his main character, a detective named Col. Read more...