Edgar Wallace was an English novelist, journalist and playwright, who was an enormously popular writer of detective, suspense stories, and practically invented the modern „thriller". His popularity at the time was comparable to that of Charles Dickens – one of Wallace's publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him. „The Flying Fifty-Five" is a novel set in the horse racing community and follows the ups and downs of turf life. It's all great fun and Wallace keeps the action moving along swiftly, as he always did. Although he takes us into some of the intricacies of betting in the horse racing arena, it is not so tedious that you can't get through those sections, but otherwise a wonderfully written, funny and happy ending.