'In "Dinner-suit Dan," a young man from the bush joins the police in order to enable him to continue his studies in his leisure at the University, and having been attached to the detective branch of the force, he Is immediately involved In a sensational jewellery robbery and murder, as a detective. His sweetheart becomes involved, also, and together they have an experience that is packed with thrills.
'This Is a detective story with a difference, as the real sleuths of a real force are the heroes, and the way they go about their work is as exciting as any story of the super men from outside who are the central figures in many Scotland Yard tales.'
'"Dinner-suit Dan" : Australian Detective Thriller', Dalby Herald, 3 June 1938, p.3.
We are giving South Australian schoolchildren the chance to become writers.
To mark The Advertiser Sunday Mail Children’s Literacy Month, we have started a progressive children’s novel, The Boy With Silver Eyes.
Every day for the next month, award-winning children’s author Ruth Starke will work with children from schools across the state as they take up the story, weaving a tale of suspense and adventure that, when it’s done, we will publish as an e-book. (The Advertiser 27 Feb, 2015)
'SELDOM has the reader been offered more suspects from which to make a selection, but three sisters are thrust forward as those most likely to have been connected with the shooting of the manager of their estate. Gask differs somewhat from the usual writer of thrillers in that the perpetrator is eventually found to be one of the chief suspects. Most others usually keep him or her pretty well concealed. Our old friend, Gilbert Larose, now married and in retirement, is called in to watch the interests of the sisters, and quickly guesses who killed the manager. However, so skilfully does he gain the reader's sympathy for the criminal that he is glad that justice, not the law, triumphs.'
'Justifiable Crime', The Mail, 12 February 1938, p.28.
'WHEN Arthur Gask was writing 'The Vengeance of Larose,' his new mystery story, England stood on the brink of war. The blow has fallen now, and it is singularly appropriate that Mr. Gask chose for his theme the attempt of a ruthless dictator to demoralise the English before the armies entered the field. He has delegated Gilbert Larose, the brilliant Australian detective, to avert the war of fiction. Larose's flair for tempering justice with expediency is well known, and when a grave peril threatens England he lets nothing stand between the means and the end.'
'Larose Against the Dictators', Advertiser, 25 September 1939, p.7.
'On the lonely stretch of road between Whyalla and Iron Knob a man was murdered and robbed of £1,850. Upon that fiction Mr. Arthur Gask has built up one of his best detective stories, under the title 'The Shadow of Larose.''
'Lonely Road: Scene of Mysterious Murder', Advertiser, 12 May 1920, p.16.
'People who disappear, either from choice or compulsion, usually leave behind some trace, some thread or other, which an astute detective can seize on and follow to a logical conclusion. No such convenient clue was to be found in the case of the disappearance of four villagers from the little hamlets on the Suffolk coast of England. When Gilbert Larose, the Australian detective, was put on the case, not only was the trail cold, but there was not a shred of evidence to show that there had ever been a trail at all. The men had simply vanished into thin air. But in his usually entertaining and unassuming manner, Larose scents a major mystery, and. with the unswerving assurance of the black tracker, is soon just a step or two behind the criminals.'
'The Hidden Door', The Advertiser, 9 August 1934, p.156.
'THE secret invention of an almost invisible aeroplane is the cause of this exciting spy yarn, and a particularly suave and particularly ruthless agent of an unspecified European country keeps it moving. An old friend, Gilbert Larose, in the role of a secret service agent, however, proves equally as ruthless and even more cunning, so the honors are satisfying. Murder and kidnapping help the foreign agent to secure the prized formula for making the material for the plane, but his seemingly faultless disguises and alibis are easily penetrated by Larose. There are many moments of anxiety, but a villain must never succeed in his dastardly plots — in fiction.'
'Bodleian'. 'Leaves from the Latest Books', The Mail, 21 August 1937, p.27.
'[D]etectives with international reputations work with some of the most notorious criminals to unearth a gang of racketeers.'
'Equal to Edgar Wallace's Best', Advertiser, 9 August 1932, p.4.
'Six men are murdered in seven weeks and the most searching enquiry by Scotland Yard fails to disclose any connection between them or any reason anybody could have for killing them. The methods employed are perfectly ordinary, bullet, knife, or bludgeon, and the murders occurred in public places in daylight, yet the investigation is completely held up. It was not until Gilbert Larose, the Australian detective, after a painstaking search for verification of a flimsy guess, built up the first tangible clue that the hunt began. Mr. Gask tells a story of a relentless step by step hunt which brought four men to their deaths.'
'Murder without Motive', Advertiser, 29 November 1935, p.18.
'DICTATORS have many things in common, and General Bratz, ruler of Cyranta, was a typical despot. He had won power by ruthless might, and he maintained it by a reign of terror unparalleled in his country's turbulent history. An army of secret police, grim prisons, and horrid tortures kept his people in subjection, but these things brought no peace of mind to General Bratz, for he knew the Secret Services of half a dozen countries were seeking his most closely-guarded plans for conquering Europe. It is the exciting adventures of a British agent in the seething little kingdom of Cyrania that make such thrilling reading of "The Fall of a Dictator," the novel which Arthur Gask, the well-known Adelaide author, has just completed.'
'New Serial by Arthur Gask', Advertiser, 17 December 1938, p.19.
A detective on holiday in South Australia stumbles on a cunningly planned murder.
'Larose is puzzled by a criminal who takes death masks of recently buried celebrities, but after he has tracked down the despoiler of graves he stumbles on another mystery much greater and far more dangerous to himself. Of course, he takes the law into his own hands, and readers of Mr. Gask's earlier Larose novels know just what delightful situations arise when this master mind plays a lone hand right under the noses of the official police.'
'Another Gilbert Larose Thriller', Advertiser, 27 January 1938, p.14.
'The author has fertile imagination and admirable ingenuity, together with the knack of making his story human, even though far fetched. He converts a colorless, cowardly clerk, through the eating of a mysterious oriental paste, into a ferocious and cunning criminal who changes dull, peaceable Adelaide into a city of excitement and fear. There are eight unaccountable murders within a fortnight. The murderer himself organises a force of special constables, finds an assassin, becomes acclaimed as a public benefactor, and then, in remorse, takes to evangelical preaching and the writing of records of his fearsome deeds.'
Source: 'New Books', The Mail [Adelaide], 1 December 1923, p.29.
Escape From Thorngate Hall is a progressive story collaboration between fantasy and science fiction writer, Sean Williams, and primary schools across South Australia. Williams wrote the first chapter, with each subsequent chapter being written by students from a different school.