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The Smiler with the Knife

(1939)
(A book in the Nigel Strangeways series)
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Detective Nigel Strangeways, and his explorer wife Georgia have taken a cottage in the countryside. They are slowly beginning to adjust to a more relaxed way of life when Georgia finds a mysterious locket in their garden and unwittingly sets the couple on a collision course with a power-hungry movement aimed at overthrowing the government. It will take all of Nigel's brilliance and Georgia's bravery if they are to infiltrate the order and unmask the conspirators.

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935.

Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations. During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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Hardback Editions

July 1981 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife (Ulverscroft large print series)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-7089-0645-1 / 978-0-7089-0645-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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October 1972 : UK Hardback

Title: Smiler with the Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-00-231770-2 / 978-0-00-231770-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 1-912194-03-1 / 978-1-912194-03-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ipso Books
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2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Smiler With The Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-09-956563-3 / 978-0-09-956563-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Smiler With the Knife: A Nigel Strangeways Mystery
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080457-2 / 978-0-06-080457-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife (Hogarth crime)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-7012-1925-4 / 978-0-7012-1925-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd
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December 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: Smiler with the Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-00-614091-2 / 978-0-00-614091-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 1-5318-4391-3 / 978-1-5318-4391-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife: Nigel Strangeways, Book 5
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Smiler with the Knife: Nigel Strangeways, Book 5
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Smiler With The Knife (A Nigel Strangeways Mystery)
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Ipso Books
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May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Smiler With The Knife
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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