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One Deathless Hour

(A book in the David Mallin series)
A novel by

Victor Abbott is seeking an alibi for a murder it seems only he could have committed...

A man is deal: his rival in love, shot expertly with a bullet that also appears to give the exact time of the murder: 8.59.

But is this the time the murder was committed, or is Victor being set up... ?

Matters are further confused with the discovery of another murder, miles apart at the end of an hour's drive, but carried out with the same revolver within minutes of the other crime.

Is it even possible for both homicides to have been perpetrated by the same person?

Because that's exactly what the evidence points to...

It seems David Mallin and George Coe, never averse to a little blackmail, will have to employ all the unorthodox methods in their arsenal.

While their client's interests must be the priority, trying to keep ahead of the police investigation becomes increasingly difficult.

Co-operation with Detectives Miller, Messingham and Rogerson appears to be inevitable, however reluctant.

When it emerges Mallin and Coe must seek out other involved parties, a split occurs.

Can the double act work separately to discover the truth?

One Deathless Hour is a fast-paced, layered tale which reveals that sometimes, it's all a question of timing...

Praise for Roger Ormerod

"Eclectic, underrated Ormerod can be relied upon to come up with the startling goods" -Sunday Times

"I am glad to announce that the detective novel is still alive and well in Mr Ormerod's skillful hands " -The Spectator

"Fast-moving, with well-orchestrated jiggery-pokery; not unlike an early Dick Francis in tone and method" -Times Literary Supplement

Roger Ormerod(1920-2005) was a prolific writer of ingenious and densely plotted crime novels - some 35 in all - which were published in the UK and the USA. He lived in Wolverhampton and amongst other things worked as a civil servant and as a Social Security inspector - backgrounds which he made full use of in his fiction, as he did with his hobbies of painting and photography.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Roger Ormerod's One Deathless Hour

Hardback Editions

February 1981 : UK Hardback

Title: One Deathless Hour
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7091-8841-2 / 978-0-7091-8841-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 1995 : UK Paperback

Title: One Deathless Hour (Linford Mystery)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
ISBN: 0-7089-7650-6 / 978-0-7089-7650-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Linford (Large Print)
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Kindle Editions

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

Title: One Deathless Hour (David Mallin Detective series Book 16)
Author(s): Roger Ormerod
Publisher: Lume Books
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