By Freeman Wills Crofts
George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a guy with many concerns: his marriage is collapsing; his funds are insecure; and an epidemic of disorder threatens the animals in his care.
As Surridge's money owed mount and the strain on him raises, he starts to dream of miracle options. yet is he crafty sufficient to show his desires into reality—and may possibly he devote the main devious homicide in pursuit of his goals?
This creative crime novel, with its strange 'inverted' constitution and sympathetic portrait of a guy at the side, is likely one of the maximum works via this hugely revered writer. the flowery technique of homicide devised through Crofts's characters could be unsurpassed in English crime fiction for its ostentatious intricacy.
This vintage detective novel from the Nineteen Thirties is now republished for the 1st time, with an advent by way of the award-winning crime author Martin Edwards and is an addition to our British Library Crime Classics sequence.
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It wasn’t an accident,’ Edney broke in. qxd 36 2/7/07 12:00 pm Page 36 Pauline Rowson ‘At this school! ’ The secretary’s fleshy face flushed with indignation. Horton felt a flash of anger. ’ The look the secretary gave him made him feel like the twelve-year-old boy back here being reprimanded. His muscles tensed. ’ She rose from her desk and crossed to the cabinet which she wrenched open with such vigour that it almost made Horton’s eyes water. He practically snatched the file from her. Edney said, ‘Janet, get me the chairman of the board of governors.
Should there be one? ’ Horton could see that. It wasn’t that the grime was inches thick but from what he had gleamed so far, cleanliness was not next to godliness in Langley’s book. Maybe she was an atheist. Though Horton got the impression that Langley didn’t have time to clean being too devoted to carving out her career as a super head. And maybe she hadn’t yet found herself a reliable cleaner. ‘There’s a couple of bottles of white wine in the fridge, one half drunk,’ continued Cantelli. ’ Horton followed Cantelli’s glance, where four bottles nestled in a rack.
Just checking the kitchen. ’ Horton glanced around the lounge seeing something of the disarray he’d witnessed in Langley’s office. Newspapers and magazines were scattered on the coffee table in the centre of the room in front of a low-slung maroon sofa. He flicked through them. There was the Sunday Times from last Sunday, a couple of copies of The Times Educational Supplement and SecEd magazine as well as Sailing Today and Yachts and Yachting, which certainly tied in with the photograph he’d taken from Langley’s office.
Antidote to Venom (Inspector French, Book 17) by Freeman Wills Crofts