By Colin Watson
A automobile mowing its means via Flaxborough industry (and virtually over Constable Cowdry) dramatically indications the presence of fearless, crusading journalist - Clive Grail, bent on uncovering scandal in that town's quiet and openly good again streets. In resolution to released tricks of revelations to come back, the mayor concerns a problem of a bloodcurdling and - as Inspector Purbright patiently explains - unlawful nature. besides the fact that, the struggle of threats isn't the worst of it. those that play with blue motion pictures and blackmail usually locate themselves fascinated with greater than they'd bargained for; and shortly Purbright unearths himself striving to unravel a miles graver and extra sinister crime... First released in 1979, Blue homicide is the 10th novel within the Flaxborough sequence and monitors Watson's attribute dry wit and remarkable statement. 'Flaxborough is Colin Watson's quiet English city whose outward respectability mask a seething pottage of greed, crime and vice... Mr Watson wields a delightfully witty pen dripped in acid.' day-by-day Telegraph 'Arguably the easiest, and definitely the main constant of comedian crime writers, delicately treading the road among wit and farce... humorous, trendy and stable mysteries to boot.' outing
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Esther ran to her bed, dragging the bouncer with her. “Look at him,” she said. ” She cupped the contorted face so that its eyes were aimed at Theo’s, beaming down on Anna like a beneﬁcent yellow moon. “It’s not him,” she said. Whoever he was, she thought. The screaming stopped. The rest of the ward, which had become restless, settled down. Theo had been rehearsed. He picked up Anna Anderson’s hand, almost losing it in his, and kissed it. “Don’t you scare now, Highness,” he said in his bad German.
She began going down the stairs, jabbing to keep him off as if at a giant spider. He was quick and hideously strong; he snatched at the broom and jerked her high off her feet in a parabola that sent her almost to the bottom of the staircase. As she landed, her left shoe was caught in an iron curlicue that sliced the skin off her ankle and left her sprawled with her feet four steps up and the back of her head on the hall ﬂoor. Breath went out of her in a whoomph. The pain was electric. He was coming down the stairs, slowly, light ﬂickering on the knife as his ﬁst wiped his eyes.
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