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From the archives of the British Library comes a classic thriller full of mystery, police drama, and simmering tension.
The murder, a brutal stabbing, definitely took place on Guy Fawkes Night. It was definitely by the bonfire on the village green. There were definitely a number of witnesses to a row between a group of Teddy Boys. And yet, was it definitely clear to anybody exactly what they had seen? In the writhing, violent shadows, it seems as if the truth of the crime may have gone up in smoke.
Based on a real case and showcasing thorough research and skillful plotting, Julian Symons' phenomenal 1960 crime novel is a searing drama of wrongful accusation, gripping policework and a sharp portrait of small-town tensions.
This British Library Crime Classics edition also includes the short story "The Tigers of Subtopia" and an introduction by award-winning author Martin Edwards.