Smallbone Deceased (Paperback)

A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)

By Michael Gilbert, Martin Edwards (Introduction by)

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464211713, 280pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/2015)
Paperback, Large Print (12/1/2019)
Analog Audio Cassette (1/1/1998)

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Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

"A first-rate job"--New York Times
"A classic of the genre"--Guardian

Horniman, Birley and Craine is a highly respected legal firm with clients drawn from the highest in the land. When a deed box in the office is opened to reveal a corpse, the threat of scandal promises to wreak havoc on the firm's reputation--especially as the murder looks like an inside job. The partners and staff of the firm keep a watchful and suspicious eye on their colleagues, as Inspector Hazlerigg sets out to solve the mystery of who Mr. Smallbone was--and why he had to die.

Written with style, pace, and wit, this is a masterpiece by one of the finest writers of traditional British crime novels since the Second World War.

About the Author

Michael Gilbert (1912-2006) wrote thrillers, police procedurals and espionage novels that rank among the highest and most varied achievements of British crime writing in the second half of the twentieth century. A founding member of the Crime Writers' Association, Gilbert was for many years partner in a London law firm and drew on his knowledge of the law in writing his most acclaimed novel.