When the wife of a recently escaped prisoner is found murdered and partially buried near a reservoir, Patrick Petrella, a Metropolitan Police Inspector, is called in. Suspicion falls on the escaped convict, but what could have been his motive? Petrella meets resistance from top detectives at the Yard who would prefer to keep the inspector out of the limelight, but he is determined to solve the mystery with or without their approval.
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Michael Francis Gilbert was born in Lincolnshire in 1912. He attended the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in 1937. During World War II Gilbert served in the Royal Horse Artillery in North Africa where he was captured and imprisoned; an experience which led to the writing of his acclaimed novel Death in Captivity, first published in 1952. After the war Gilbert worked as a solicitor in London, during which time he found himself legal adviser to Raymond Chandler. In 1980 Gilbert was knighted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. A founding member of the British Crime Writers association, in 1988 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Anthony Achievement award at the 1990 Boucheron in London.Review:
"Usual fine job, with nice writing, humour. " (Saturday Review)
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Book Description HarperCollins (paper), 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60804467