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Tight Circle

(The second book in the Detective Johnny Inch series)
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SIN, Scotland Yard's top crime-busting team — so-called from the initials of its oddly assorted members — is called in to investigate a bank robbery.

But one of them - Nicodemus, the pompous “Old Etonian” member of the trio - is implicated in the raid, suspected of turning off the alarm when he went in for an overdraft.

The burglary looks to have been masterminded by the renowned criminal Tom Minter.

But he has a secure alibi for the time of the crime.

The only other man is a drunk seen just before the thieves entered the bank.

Nicodemus says he recognises the voice of the burglar, Dassigne, a friend of his sister’s flatmate Jill Summerbee.

But it doesn’t look good when they come across him retrieving some stashed money.

Could it be payment for his involvement in the robbery?

Superintendent Sherrey is forced to suspend him from duty.

Sergeant Inch refuses to believe the accusation and continues the investigation alone, starting with Jill Summerbee, who’s scared, in love with Nicodemus and borrowing money from the bank manager, Colin...

Can he find the culprit of the robbery?

And can he woo Nicodemus’ sister, Carole, along the way?

When Jill Summerbee, about to report something important to the police, is found dead, the investigation takes a dark turn.

Inch is getting closer to Carole but no closer to his killer.

When Dassigne is also murdered, Inch is running out of suspects…

Tight Circle is gripping thriller from the master crime writer J F Straker.

Praise for J F Straker

'A perfectly plotted story that is both chilling and memorable.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of The Lunar Code

‘Like all Mr Straker's books, keeps the reader baffled with its unexpected twist and turns’ - The Daily Telegraph

‘Mr Straker is one of a comparatively small number of writers who produce what may be called 'the typical British detective story', strong in plot and character drawing and with a minimum of violence and brutality’ - Current Literature

‘J. F. Straker thinks up ingenious plots for his books and in the class of story which he writes (a mixture between the whodunit and the thriller) ingenuity of plot counts for a lot’ - Wolverhampton Express

'A gripping page-turner than kept me guessing to the last page.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off

J F Straker was born in Farnborough, Kent and lived in Sussex. During the war he served with The Buffs and on the General Staff and then became a schoolmaster. His interest in writing began at an early age but it was not until the war when he had to spend long periods in the desert with very little distraction that he completed his first novel. He was the author of twenty-five novels including Murder of Miss Emily and Death on a Sunday Morning.

Genre: Mystery

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