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The Grim Joker

(The first book in the Robert Budd series)
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Mr. Hamilton Lorne is amused to receive a card with the grotesque picture of a fool, complete with cap and bells, one finger pointing at the holder.

He and Superintendent Budd of Scotland Yard laugh at the threatening limerick scrawled across the back, assuming it is a feeble practical joke, and drop the card into a waste-paper basket.

But no one is laughing when the following morning Mr. Lorne is found dead, stabbed through the heart — the first in a series of sadistic murders perpetrated by the elusive Grim Joker…

This not-for-the-faint-hearted thriller will have you scratching your head and reaching for the light!

Gerald Verner (1897-1980) was the pseudonym of British writer John Robert Stuart Pringle. Born in London, Verner wrote more than 120 novels that have been translated in over 35 languages, and many of his books have been adapted into films, radio serials and stage plays. Verner also wrote forty-four Sexton Blake tales.

Genre: Mystery

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