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The Crime of the Century

The Crime of the Century

(1975)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
Serialized in a British newspaper in 1975, this edition of Amis's whodunit benefits from an introduction by the master satirist himself. The plot involves the murders of young women in London and the special committee set up to coordinate investigations with the police, when even Scotland Yard's most famous detectives fail to catch the killer. The professional sleuths, therefore, consult with an odd assortment of amateurs: Chris Dane, crime novelist; Benedict Royal, an intellectual rock star; Sir Neil Costello, QC; members of Parliament; and psychiatrists, including Marcus Varga, who's flakier than his patients. As the murders continue, so does Amis keep adding ingenious red herrings while playing fair by planting clues for readers sharp enough to spot them. The solution, however, will strike most mystery buffs as tops in the art of literary legerdemain. An alternate denouement, submitted by one of the newspaper's subscribers, closes the book and emphasizes just how foxy the author is.

Library Journal
Published serially in The Sunday Times in 1975, this overpopulated and talky puzzler-for-the-public contributes nothing to an otherwise lofty reputation. A criminal inquiry established to investigate a series of stabbings in London parks includes (among others) a lawyer, a psychiatrist, a surgeon, a rock star, a member of Parliament, a retired Scotland Yard man, and a mystery writer. A few of these, working together, believe the murderer sits at the inquiry table: Amis provides his own conclusion, as well as that which won the newspaper contest. Literate style, but very dry and too obviously a mere conglomeration of clues.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crime of the Century
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-89296-403-0 / 978-0-89296-403-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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October 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Crime of the Century
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-89296-398-0 / 978-0-89296-398-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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May 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Crime of the Century (New Portway Large Print Books)
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-7451-7172-9 / 978-0-7451-7172-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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March 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: The Crime of the Century
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-09-173807-5 / 978-0-09-173807-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

September 1993 : UK Paperback
Title: Crime of the Century
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 1-85797-113-2 / 978-1-85797-113-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
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October 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crime of the Century
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-445-40345-4 / 978-0-445-40345-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Pr
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April 1987 : UK Paperback
Title: Crime of the Century (Mastercrime)
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-460-02488-4 / 978-0-460-02488-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman Ltd
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