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THis was amongst a number of old Collins Crime Club books from the 40s and 50s which I picked up recently in a second hand shop - the ones with a sinister silhouette of a figure holding a gun. Not a bad 'light' read and also an interesting feel of the age it was written in.
Begins very well and then turns rather daft... how can a so-called journalis behave with such utter naivety??? Peter Rennie does not investigate what every person would think is most important, but gets distracted by leads that are foolish or naive. What seemed a nice, pleasant read from the 50's turned into a boring and naive end, regrettably. I had wished the author would have investigated into how Shaw really died/was killed instead of gathering worthless evidence, and the end with the tunnel ...more
back in the day when things were a little more gentle......I had big doubts about this book. Written in 1960 I thought it wouldn't punch hard enough to keep my attention. In fact it isn't a heavy puncher. It isn't a graphic thriller which is full of blood and guts, the sort I usually like. No gore but yet well written and a gentle story that kept me interested from start to finish.
Andrew Garve was the pen name of Paul Winterton (1908-2001). He was born in Leicester and educated at the Hulme Grammar School, Manchester and Purley County School, Surrey, after which he took a degree in Economics at London University. He was on the staff of The Economist for four years, and then worked for fourteen years for the London News Chronicle as reporter, leader writer and foreign corres ...moreMore about Andrew Garve