A grotesque murder and a mysterious woman lead to the most difficult choice of his life.
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club

Andrew Fane is faced with five years in prison for fraud, and a penniless future. When he appeals for help from his uncle his pleas go unanswered, but on visiting him Fane is welcomed by a mysterious and heavily veiled woman.

When he finds his uncle’s body, murdered in horrible and grotesque circumstances, she suddenly disappears leaving Fane faced with the dilemma of telling the police or covering his tracks . . .

Reviews

The plot is knife-edge tension all the way
BELFAST TELEGRAPH
No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant
SUNDAY EXPRESS
If there is one author whose books need to be widely available, it is Gilbert
Inkquilletc.blogspot
Unquestionably a most intelligent author. Gifts of ingenuity, style and character drawing
SUNDAY TIMES
Anthony Gilbert shared with other successful crime writers a combination of writing talent and clever plotting skills necessary to make it in detective fiction's Golden Age ... Along with Agatha Christie [he] had a talent to deceive
mysteryfile.com
Anthony Gilbert's novels show the unsensational type of detective story at its best
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Ingenious plot leavened with sly humour
EVENING NEWS
Well-plotted, fast-moving - brilliant
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