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The Whisper in the Gloom

(1954)
(Catch and Kill)
(A book in the Nigel Strangeways series)
A novel by

 
A small boy playing in the park is handed a crumpled piece of paper by a stranger, who then collapses and dies. The boy, realising that he himself is now in danger, flees from the park with the help of detective Nigel Strangeways, only to discover that the mysterious message consists of just his own name and age: Bert Hale 12.

Bert and his young friends are confident that they can crack the case but they soon discover that they will need the help of not just Nigel Strangeways, but of the whole British government....

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 19 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.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

July 1977 : UK Hardback
Title: Whisper in the Gloom
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-85997-250-X / 978-0-85997-250-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: C.Chivers
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May 1976 : UK Hardback
Title: Whisper in the Gloom
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-00-231910-1 / 978-0-00-231910-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Whisper in the Gloom
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-09-956564-1 / 978-0-09-956564-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 1988 : USA Paperback
Title: Whisper in the Gloom: A Nigel Strangeways Mystery
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 0-06-080418-1 / 978-0-06-080418-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Whisper in the Gloom
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
ISBN: 1-5318-4505-3 / 978-1-5318-4505-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Whisper in the Gloom: Nigel Strangeways, Book 11
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

March 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Whisper in the Gloom: Nigel Strangeways, Book 11
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Whisper in the Gloom
Author(s): Nicholas Blake
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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