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. The 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.
Also available as a Kindle ebook.
Reviews'... the tension is held until the last moment. The plotting is ingenious while the break from the traditional mystery format spikes our interest. Too long neglected, Wills Croft deserves a place among the greats of the Golden Age.' Barry Turner, Daily Mail
- Freeman Wills Crofts
- British Library
- Publication date
- April 2015
- 288 pages
- 190 x 132mm