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The C.I.D. Room

(All Leads Negative)
(The first book in the C.I.D. Room series)
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Detective Inspector Fusil loves his job.

But the recent Burchell case landed him in front of the Chief Constable and left a black mark on his record.

His future is on the line — if he can’t break the next big case that comes across his desk in a timely fashion, he can say goodbye to his future in the force.

Unfortunately for Fusil, his next case takes place just after one of his best men has been transferred to another county, leaving him with the inexperienced Detective Constable Kerr.

Things don’t get off to a good start when Kerr’s unwillingness to go above and beyond the call of duty immediately puts him at odds with Fusil’s all-in approach to policing.

However, after the dramatic theft of five thousand pounds’ worth of gold from the T.S.S. Sandstream, the two men are forced to work together.

Hunting down clues in an unrelated case, Kerr starts sniffing around the Sandstream and without knowing it, edges ever-closer to the shocking truth behind the disappearing gold.

With Kerr getting dangerously close to the solving the crime, the perpetrators react quickly, framing him as a blackmailer in an attempt to distract the C.I.D from their next gold theft.

Faced with charges against his newest D.C., Fusil must quickly decide if he trusts Kerr or not.

Would he dare risk a man’s life to catch an untouchable criminal and put his own career back on track?

The C.I.D. Room is an ingeniously plotted police thriller that will leave readers desperate for more.

Praise for Roderic Jeffries

‘Jeffries’ fresh twists and excellent characterizations make any novel by him an exciting reading experience.’ — San Francisco Chronicle

‘…a stubbornly appealing, believable hero and a neat ironic twist at the close.’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘A first-rate whodunit turning on the resourcefulness of a country gentleman who exploits the process of the law to delay its action. Author on the top of his legal and social form.' - Francis Goff, Sunday Telegraph

‘Tension builds up and there are two exciting court scenes. Roderic Jeffries established a very high reputation for himself in the field of the legal thriller with Exhibit No. Thirteen and Dead Against the Lawyers. Once again he has used a little known quirk of the law, and woven round it an enthralling story of immense intricacy.’ - Maurice Richardson, Observer

‘The resulting legal intricacies make fascinating reading.' - Hester Makeig, - Spectator

'First-class, smoothly told, fine court scenes and sketches of lawyers entirely absorbing.' - John Clarke, Evening Standard

‘The most ingenious of Mr. Jeffries's exercises in legal trickery.' - Julian Symons, Sunday Times

'Good court scenes; very competent.' - Peter Dickinson, Punch

' for the mystery story connoisseur and particularly the man who can appreciate this ingenious exercise in legal trickery.' - Police World

Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and went to sea in 1943. Six years later he left that trade to become a lawyer. He again changed profession to become a writer. Since 1951, he has written over one hundred and sixty novels under his own name and several other pseudonyms. He began his career by writing books featuring his father’s character, Blackshirt, a popular detective whose adventures have appeared in print for many decades. In time Jeffries branched out and began to write a variety of mystery novels under his own name and several pen names, including Peter Alding and Jeffrey Ashford.

Genre: Mystery

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