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Concerning Blackshirt

(The first book in the Blackshirt series)
A novel by

Richard Verrell is looking forward to a quiet weekend in Kent.

It certainly starts out that way - that is until he wanders across his host's fields for a spot of rough-shooting.

Coming across a little garden shed, he's amazed to find an immense 'blower four and a half' Bentley inside.

Arriving back at the house, he convinces himself that something isn't right and returns to the shed accompanied by his host.

To their horror, they find themselves under heavy gunfire before the Bentley roars to a hurried getaway.

Unhurt, they manage to scurry to safety to another nearby shed - where Verrell trips over the body of a dead man.

Would any man ask for a better incentive to rush headlong into an affair that does not in the least concern him? Certainly Blackshirt would not.

But then Blackshirt is ... Blackshirt.

Chasing women, money, revolvers and dangerous secrets, Blackshirt sets out to get to the bottom of his gruesome discovery...

Praise for Roderic Jeffries

'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, The Sunday Telegraph

'Roderic Jeffries established a very high reputation for himself.' -Maurice Richardson, The Observer

'The resulting legal intricacies make fascinating reading.' - Hester Makeig, The 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, The Sunday Times

' 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 was educated at Harrow View House Preparatory School and the Department of Navigation, University of Southampton. In 1943, he joined the New Zealand Shipping Company as an apprentice and sailed to Australia and New Zealand, but later transferred to the Union Castle Company in order to visit a different part of the world. He returned to England in 1949 where he was admitted to the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn and read for the Bar at the same time as he began to write. He was called to the Bar in 1953, and after one year's pupilage, practiced law for a few terms during which time there to write full time. His first book, a sea story for juveniles, was published in 1950.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback

Title: Concerning Blackshirt
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-5219-7703-8 / 978-1-5219-7703-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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September 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: Concerning Blackshirt (Firecrest Books)
Author(s): Roderic Graeme
ISBN: 0-85997-932-6 / 978-0-85997-932-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Firecrest Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Concerning Blackshirt (A Blackshirt Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
Publisher: Lume Books
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