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By Margery Allingham

London, 'the Smoke' to Cockneys and the hipsters who acceptable their slang, resides as much as its nickname: an strange chilly snap has mixed with the fug from coal-fires to supply the 'Great Smog', blanketing town in choking shadow. And lurking in these shadows is Jack Havoc, a killer with a specific fondness for knives. Havoc is through a long way the main risky villain that Albert Campion has ever encountered, and his startlingly real looking threat, mixed with the sunshine contact universal to all of the Campion novels, offers the booklet a contemporary believe, because it straddles a line among Golden Age detective fiction and modern mental suspense.

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