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ebook / ISBN-13: 9781405529921

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ON SALE: 1st August 2013

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The first book in the Sergeant Cribb series, from Peter Lovesey.

In Victorian London, race-walking, or ‘wobbles’, are all the rage. So on a Monday morning in November 1879 the crowds gather for Islington’s bizarre six-day endurance walking race.

By Tuesday, one of the contestants is dead. Tetanus from a blister is assumed, but then there is a second death, and this time it’s definitely murder. A bemused Sergeant Cribb from Scotland Yard is called in, along with Constable Thackeray, and they soon discover that something foul is at play.

Reissue of Peter Lovesey’s first acclaimed book that started his career nearly 50 years ago.

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Reviews

Brilliantly evocative ... It is long since I came across so original a setting'
Cyril Ray, The Spectator
A brilliant reconstruction
The Observer
Here are true Victorians, not pious frauds of legend. A first-rate story of sustained thrill
John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
Don't miss this. It will be on all the best lists
Los Angeles Times
A fine case of murder projected against a compelling historical background
New York Times
First prize-winner, and a worthy one ... excellently done
Edmund Crispin, Sunday Times
'Brilliantly evocative . . . It is long since I came across so original a setting'
Spectator
'Here are true Victorians, not pious frauds of legend. A first-rate story of sustained thrill'
John Dickson Carr
'Don't miss this. It will be on all the best lists'
Dorothy B Hughes, Los Angeles Times
'First prize-winner, and a worthy one . . . excellently done'
Edmund Crispin