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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. I didn't do it... I swear I didn't'

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. 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    

Used availability for George Bellairs's The Case of the Demented Spiv

Paperback Editions

August 2016 : UK Paperback
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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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

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