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The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham (Hardcover)

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The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham (Hardcover)

Meg Elginbrodde, a young war widow, receives photographs that suggest her husband is still alive, so she enlists the help of her cousin, Albert Campion to investigate. The man in the photographs turns out to be a known felon, ‘Duds’ Morrison. Meg’s jealous fiancé, Geoffrey Levitt, accosts Duds but both men are attacked by a criminal gang posing as a rackety street band. Meanwhile, Meg’s father, Canon Avril, a gentle priest, wonders how Duds came to be wearing Meg’s husband’s coat. A tortuous trail leads through the oppressive London fog to Jack Havoc, a violent murderer. Set in a dingy and damaged post war London, The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham is her most sophisticated novel which examines the very nature of evil.

Margery Louise Allingham is ranked among the most distinguished and beloved detective fiction writers of the Golden Age alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Allingham is J.K. Rowling’s favorite Golden Age author and Agatha Christie said that out of all the detective stories she remembers, Margery Allingham “stands out like a shining light.” The Allingham family retained a house on Mersea Island, a few miles from Layer Breton, and it was here that Margery found the material for the adventure story Blackkerchief Dick (1923), which was published when she was just nineteen. She went on to pen multiple novels, some of which dealt with occult themes and some with mystery, as well as writing plays and stories – her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, was serialized in the Daily Express in 1927.

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