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My Name Is Michael Sibley

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"This novel comprises some of the best work of an extremely gifted and perhaps under-regarded British crime novelist....What gave John Bingham his magic was something we look for in every writer, too often in vain: an absolute command of the internal landscape of his characters, acutely observed by a humane but wonderfully corrosive e
Published (first published 1952)
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This is a very strong literate mystery novel, not in the sense that it dwells in lofty metaphoric realms or grandly momentous themes of Literature-- although, secretly, under the guise of a crime novel, it actually does. Add that it is this author's first novel, and there is a lot to admire here; I kept being more and more impressed as the scope and depth increased. Maybe something about expectations, and the always disarming practice of starting at a walk.

There is a kind of accepted framework
I read the 2000 reissue of this novel, which has a foreword by John Le Carre. Here I discovered Bingham was the original of Le Carre's George Smiley, something I had not known before and which raised Bingham in my esteem. Many years ago I read several of Bingham's books, including this one (as well as his excellent account of the Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel); at the time I was expecting them to be cracking mysteries, as it were, and was too young and stupid to realize that Bingham was of ...more
After Michael Sibley's best friend is found dead in his home, the police pay Michael a visit to ask some general questions. Michael had nothing to do with his beloved friend's demise, or does he? In Michael Sibley, Bingham gives us an anxiety ridden narrator who lives by the philosophy that one should think before one talks.

But as this novel progresses, Sibley's over thinking and over analyzing causes him to lie to the police, and then have to continue lying to cover up his initial lie, catapult
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This is the first John Bingham I have read, and I was extremely impressed. Highly recommend, especially for those who like Patricia Highsmith, or crime novels in general.
This novel was given to me by a friend. I wasn't familiar with John Bingham. The story is written in first person. It begins rather slowly, then pulls you in to where it becomes a page-turner. It's comic in parts, tragic in others, as the protagonist, Michael Sibley, becomes involved in a murder case involving a so-called friend. In movie terms, it has a Hitchcockian mood with various twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. Novelist John le Carre knew Bingham and notes in the ...more
Detective story written by a contemporary of John LeCarre. This one kept me guessing about Mr Sibley's guilt or innocence until the very last page.
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John Michael Ward Bingham - who became the seventh Lord Clanmorris - was born in Haywards Heath on 3 November 1908.

He was educated at Cheltenham College and became an art editor for the 'Sunday Dispatch'. He married Madeleine Mary Ebel on 28 July 1934.

During the Second World War he served with the Royal Engineers and was attached to the General Staff. He also worked for MI5 and was supposedly the
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