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Perfect Gallows

(1987)
A novel by

 

"A superb writer."
P D James


The twisted circumstances surrounding an unspeakable crime, an old man's fortune, and a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest come to light four decades on in this masterful tale of greed, deception, and murder by CWA Gold Dagger winner Peter Dickinson

Behind his practiced facade of cheerful sophistication, the renowned actor Adrian Waring is a haunted man. The ghost that torments him is from an earlier era, when a world war raged and Adrian was still Andrew, the guest and possible heir of his rich uncle, Arnold Wragge. Wragge had returned from the diamond mines of South Africa with a fortune and a loyal servant named Samuel Mkele, and when his own son vanished, presumably in the smoke of combat, the old man looked to his poor relation as a potential replacement. Andrew's true interests lay elsewhere, however, in applause and the attentions of eager young ladies, both of which he realized he could have by starring in his cousin's amateur production of The Tempest. But young Andrew's fledgling theatrics would prove merely to be the opening act of a horrific human tragedy, forcing him to keep a terrible truth locked inside himself - even four decades after a body was discovered hanging from a perfect dovecote gallows . . .

A master practitioner of the literary art of mystery and murder, author Peter Dickinson stands tall alongside P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill, and other luminaries of contemporary British crime fiction. A brilliant innovator unafraid to tamper with the rules of genre, he is at the very top of his game with this gripping, twisting, and altogether remarkable psychological thriller.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: Perfect Gallows
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-370-31109-4 / 978-0-370-31109-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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September 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: Perfect Gallows
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-85089-259-8 / 978-1-85089-259-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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July 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Perfect Gallows: A Novel of Suspense (Landmark Books)
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-55736-088-X / 978-1-55736-088-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Isis Large Print Books
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November 1987 : USA Hardback
Title: Perfect Gallows
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-394-56311-5 / 978-0-394-56311-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: Perfect Gallows: A Crime Novel
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-5040-0570-8 / 978-1-5040-0570-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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May 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Perfect Gallows
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 0-09-959440-4 / 978-0-09-959440-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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August 1989 : USA Paperback
Title: Perfect Gallows
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-55882-004-3 / 978-1-55882-004-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Polygonics Ltd
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Audio Editions

October 1989 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Perfect Gallows: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
ISBN: 1-85089-777-8 / 978-1-85089-777-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Perfect Gallows: A Crime Novel
Author(s): Peter Dickinson
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
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