The Musical Comedy Crime

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781471910555

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It began with the theatre – and ended with drugs, blackmail and a decades old crime…
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club

Major John Hillier is found dead in his flat, early one morning, in strange circumstances. Inspector Field traces the dead man’s last movements and learns that, after breaking up a dinner party, he visited a remote suburban theatre to see a leading lady he didn’t even know by sight.

Field traces the Major’s history back some years and finds himself entangled in a net of underworld intrigue in England and further afield. Drugs, blackmail and a crime years old all play their part in an affair that starts to attract wide attention.

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If there is one author whose books need to be widely available, it is Gilbert
Unquestionably a most intelligent author. Gifts of ingenuity, style and character drawing
No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant
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
Fast, light, likeable
The usual gusto, racy prose, good plotting and up-to-the-minute social observation
Anthony Gilbert's novels show the unsensational type of detective story at its best