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Detective Inspector Derek Torry of Scotland Yard has a reputation for brilliance and toughness. In A Complete State of Death Torry is assigned to a top-priority case involving a highly sophisticated criminal organization operating with increasing success throughout the country. Two criminals die violently as they are about to turn informer and a single name muttered in terror by one of them provides the only lead: Wexton. Torry's is the laborious chore of checking the name against Criminal Records Office files. It is a job that leads him away from his impatiently chaste girlfriend Susan, through the complexities and perversions of other people's lives, into a vortex or murder, drugs and depravity. The 1973 film, The Stone Killer, starring Charles Bronson and directed by Michael Winner, was based on this book. ----- A (to some) welcome change from that benign bumbler Boysie Oakes in Detective Inspector Torry, a "professional idealist" with a hairshirt conscience now assigned to a whole network of criminal activities generated by an unknown Wexton. One (Jamaican) Wexton is a necrophiliac who boffs dead bodies; a second one throws himself out of the window; a third throws herself at Torry; then there's her father, a Tory politician. Assorted casualties fulfill the title while also keeping the reader in a complete state of attention. A Complete State of Death (hardcover published in 1969) - was reissued in the U.S. as The Stone Killer.
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Book Description Corgi Childrens, 1970. Paperback. Condition: Good. Minor Shelfwear. Tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009775255
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR003393768
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003665368
Book Description Corgi Childrens, UK, 1970. Soft cover. Condition: Good. Good condition soft cover, some wear to cover and spine, tanning to pages and in a good readable condition. Seller Inventory # 70386
Book Description CORGI, 1970. A crime novel featuring DI Derek Torry. 222 pp pb. Cup marks on front cover. G. Seller Inventory # 13184