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The Case of the Demented Spiv

The Case of the Demented Spiv

(1949)
(A book in the Thomas Littlejohn series)
A novel by

 
'I'm a spiv... But whatever I've done, I never killed anybody.'

It's a rainy, uneventful evening in the Oddfellows' Arms until a greasy-looking spiv bursts into the pub, clearly unstable, and ranting about a body in Fennings' Mill. The police investigate the mad-man's tale, and stumble upon a body, the face smeared with theatrical make-up and a false moustache pasted neatly over the lip.

What did Inspector Faddiman, of the local police, have to conceal when he talked about resigning from the force rather than pursuing the case? Why did Mrs. Barrow hide the real truth about the Whistler etching on her wall? Why was Dr. Martindale - grown careless about locking the poison cabinet - drinking so much? And the wealthy Fennings, living in the mansion ruled by the ailing, tyrannical Miles Fenning - what was their secret? Why was the body disguised and who, in this quiet market-town, is capable of murder?

Once the national news descends, Inspector Faddiman calls in Inspector Littlejohn to help him uncover the dark, hidden secrets in this quiet, provincial town. Soon it becomes clear that a lot of people can't, and won't tell the truth.

Again the author of The Case of the Famished Parson supplies his many fans with all the ingredients for a session of pleasure and puzzlement.

Reviews

"One of the subtlest and wittiest practitioners of the simon-pure British detective story" - The New York Times

"Mr Bellairs always gives good value" - The Sunday Times

'Pure British detective story' - The New York Times

Genre: Mystery
 
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Case of the Demented Spiv (An Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)
Author(s): George Bellairs
ISBN: 1-911295-49-7 / 978-1-911295-49-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ipso Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Case of the Demented Spiv (An Inspector Littlejohn Mystery)
Author(s): George Bellairs
Publisher: Ipso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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