The Colour of Murder


A new instalment in the popular Crime Classics series, featuring the same distinctive design style. This is a gripping examination of the psychology of murder and the nature of justice, introducing a new author to the series, held in high regard by golden age critics.

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‘One of our most ingenious and stylish home-grown crime novelists’ – Spectator

‘A book to delight every puzzle-suspense enthusiast’ – New York Times

John Wilkins meets a beautiful, irresistible girl, and his world is turned upside down. Looking at his wife, and thinking of the girl, everything turns red before his eyes ‒ the colour of murder.

Told ingeniously in two parts: the psychiatric assessment of a suspected murderer, and the trial for the murder itself. Clues are revealed subtly through the course of each part, and the reader is tantalized with ever-clearer visions of the truth.

About the Author: Julian Symons (1912–1994) was a notable writer of British crime fiction from the 1950s until his death, publishing more than thirty novels in total. He served as President of the prestigious Detection Club, won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and is well known as the author of Bloody Murder, a classic history of crime fiction.

Julian Symons
British Library Publishing
Publication date
September 2018
190 x 130 mm

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