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George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a man with many worries: his marriage is collapsing; his finances are insecure; and an outbreak of disease threatens the animals in his care.
As Surridge's debts mount and the pressure on him increases, he begins to dream of miracle solutions. But is he cunning enough to turn his dreams into reality – and could he commit the most devious murder in pursuit of his goals? This ingenious crime novel, with its unusual 'inverted'structure and sympathetic portrait of a man on the edge, is one of the greatest works by this highly respected author. T
he elaborate means of murder devised by Crofts's characters is perhaps unsurpassed in English crime fiction for its ostentatious intricacy.
This classic detective novel from the 1930s is now republished for the first time, with an introduction by the award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards and is an addition to our British Library Crime Classics series.
Author: Freeman Wills Crofts
Brand: British Library Publishing
Number of pages: 288 pages
Dimensions: 190 x 132mm