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The Fingerprint

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21st May 2014

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781471910241

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A crime that isn’t reported; a mother who’s threatened…
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club

Out walking in the snow with her young son, Mike, Sara Drew is the only witness to a particularly unpleasant car accident in which an elderly lady and her dog are killed. Nervous of going to the scene of the accident with a child, she reluctantly goes home. There she meets one of the drivers, and is appalled that he has no intention of reporting the incident. And he also threatens to hurt her son if she goes to the police.

But when Mike is kidnapped she contacts Detective Arthur Crook, who takes over the case and counters the wiles of desperate criminals . . .

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No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant
Anthony Gilbert shared with other successful crime writers a combination of writing talent and clever plotting skills necessary to make it in detective fiction's Golden Age ... Along with Agatha Christie [he] had a talent to deceive
Unquestionably a most intelligent author. Gifts of ingenuity, style and character drawing
If there is one author whose books need to be widely available, it is Gilbert
Fast, light, likeable
Ingenious plot leavened with sly humour
Anthony Gilbert's novels show the unsensational type of detective story at its best