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An Ideal Crime

An Ideal Crime

(1985)
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Jim Thorpe is striving for an ordinary life...

Studying law during the day and working nights at the local Vault.

Even pursuing a romance with the daughter of his boss.

But all of that changes on one fateful night.

A night that he switched shifts to attend dinner with his girlfriend.

The vault is robbed, and the night watchman murdered.

All evidence is suggesting that Jim was behind the heist, and he is quickly learning that his local police force believe in 'guilty until proven innocent'.

His co-workers no longer trust him. His girlfriend won't return his calls.

Can he convince the police of his innocence before his whole life is ruined?

Taking matters into his own hands, he begins looking for the perpetrators.

Uncovering some disturbing truths along the way, he soon finds himself travelling across Europe, determined to clear his name.

Everything points to a mysterious letter, assumed to have been taken in the robbery.

What does it contain that is worth killing for?

Who has it? And what lengths will the villains go to obtain it?

Will Jim make it home alive in order to inform the police of his discoveries or will they remain a secret forever?

An Ideal Crime is a gripping thriller written by a true master of the genre. The ingenious plot twists ensure the villain remains anonymous until the very end.

Praise for Roderic Jeffries



'Jeffries' fresh twists and excellent characterizations make any novel by him an exciting reading experience.' - San Francisco Chronicle

'... a stubbornly appealing, believable hero and a neat ironic twist at the close.' - Kirkus Reviews

'A first-rate whodunit turning on the resourcefulness of a country gentleman who exploits the process of the law to delay its action. Author on the top of his legal and social form.' - Francis Goff, Sunday Telegraph

'Tension builds up and there are two exciting court scenes. Roderic Jeffries established a very high reputation for himself in the field of the legal thriller with Exhibit No. Thirteen and Dead Against the Lawyers. Once again he has used a little known quirk of the law, and woven round it an enthralling story of immense intricacy.' - Maurice Richardson, Observer

'The resulting legal intricacies make fascinating reading.' - Hester Makeig, - Spectator

'First-class, smoothly told, fine court scenes and sketches of lawyers entirely absorbing.' - John Clarke, Evening Standard

'The most ingenious of Mr. Jeffries's exercises in legal trickery.' - Julian Symons, Sunday Times

'Good court scenes; very competent.' - Peter Dickinson, Punch

'...is for the mystery story connoisseur and particularly the man who can appreciate this ingenious exercise in legal trickery.' - Police World

Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and went to sea in 1943. Six years later he left that trade to become a lawyer. He again changed profession to become a writer. Since 1951, he has written over one hundred and sixty novels under his own name and several other pseudonyms. He began his career by writing books featuring his father's character, Blackshirt, a popular detective whose adventures have appeared in print for many decades. In time Jeffries branched out and began to write a variety of mystery novels under his own name and several pen names, including Peter Alding and Jeffrey Ashford.

 
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Used availability for Jeffrey Ashford's An Ideal Crime


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Hardback Editions

September 1987 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Ideal Crime (Atlantic Large Print Books)
Author(s): Jeffrey Ashford
ISBN: 0-7451-9268-8 / 978-0-7451-9268-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 1986 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Ideal Crime
Author(s): Jeffrey Ashford
ISBN: 0-8027-5664-6 / 978-0-8027-5664-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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October 1985 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Ideal Crime (The Crime Club)
Author(s): Jeffrey Ashford
ISBN: 0-00-231899-7 / 978-0-00-231899-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: An Ideal Crime
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-5370-1618-0 / 978-1-5370-1618-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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September 1987 : USA Paperback
Title: An ideal crime (Atlantic large print)
Author(s): Jeffrey Ashford
ISBN: 1-55504-373-9 / 978-1-55504-373-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: J. Curley
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1987 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: An ideal crime
Author(s): Jeffrey Ashford
ISBN: 0-00-223169-7 / 978-0-00-223169-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Not Applicable
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: An Ideal Crime
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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