One of the Observer's 1,000 novels everyone must read, The Beast Must Die is a darkly compelling psychological thriller in which a crime writer plans to commit the perfect murder. The fourth Nigel Strangeways mystery.
Respected crime writer Frank Cairns plots the perfect murder?a murder that he himself will commit. Cairns intends to murder the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists that he has been framed. An old friend of Cairns calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways, who must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.
About the author: Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write 19 more crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations. During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.
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In this psychological thriller, detective writer Frank Cairnes, is about to embark on a murder of his own, determined to track down the motorist who killed his son. Only Nigel Strangeways and the redoubtable Georgia can penetrate the mystery and separate fact from fiction. Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Cecil Day Lewis (1904-72) who became Poet Laureate. He wrote over 20 detective novels, including "The Smiler with the Knife".Product Description:
Determined to find the motorist who killed his son, crime writer Frank Cairnes decides to commit a crime of his own, but his quest takes an unexpected turn, and amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways, accompanied by Georgia, sets out to separate fact from fiction. From the author of TANGLED WEB.
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Book Description Perennial Library, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060804564
Book Description Perennial Library, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st Perennial Library ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060804564
Book Description Perennial Library, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60804564