Heron Library of Crime edition

//Heron Library of Crime edition
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  • Tolliver, once a doctor to hoodlums, now ekes out a living as a dealer in stamps and coins. When one of his companions at the seedy boarding house is brutally murdered, it's likely that the police investigation will unearth Tolliver's past. So the elderly Tolliver sets out to expose the motive and find the killer.

  • Harry Wethermill has fallen in love at first sight with the beautiful Celia,, a young woman of dubious background who has turned up in Aux-les-Bains as companion to the ostentatious, jewel-flaunting Madame  Dauvray - who is found  strangled in her sitting room - with no trace of the jewels. Wethermill and his friend Mr. Ricardo enlist the help of French detective Hanaud, in the hope of clearing Celia - but as the investigation progresses, it looks likely to seal her doom.

  •  A young man is charged with receiving a stolen Rubens painting - undoubtedly stolen and found hidden in his room. He seems to be guilty - but Antony Maitland, Q.C. has his doubts. He's intrigued by the prevalence of art thefts and the violence and death that has taken place apparently to conceal the leader of the art thieves' gang. In the dock is a woman charged with the murder of her husband and Maitland becomes Assistant  Prosecuting Counsel - but he's not interested in establishing the guilt of the accused.  He has a secondary objective! 

  • Our dear readers from  the seventies may remember the English cop show Hazell with Nicholas Ball in the title role. Here is Hazell's first appearance in print, in the tough seething London away from the tourist spots.  He's called on to play Solomon in a bizarre battle between two women over the possession of a child - a battle that leads to startling revelations.

  • Travis McGee is a big tough beach-walker, a knight-errant and salvage expert, prepared to risk life and limb to  recover stolen goods - provided he gets half. He can't resist the challenge of helping Cathy Kerr, a desolate young dancer defrauded of the treasure her father had amassed during the war. They don't know what the treasure is but they knew who stole it - Junior Allen, a smiling man who had met Cathy's father in prison.  He took up with Cathy long enough to destroy her soul and find the hiding place. It's easy to find Allen's trail - by the money he flaunts the women he's depraved.

  • Our dear readers who remember the eighties may well remember Ian McShane as Lovejoy, the irreverent and wry antique dealer.  Here is a story from Lovejoy's antique world - filled, as usual, with greed, desire, love and death. Lovejoy is approached by a naive client determined to obtain a pair of flintlock pistols so rare that even those in the trade doubt their existence.  The client stubbornly insists they do exist - not only has he seen them, the pistols killed his brother. So now Lovejoy is on the track of the pistols and an unsolved murder.  When he comes into possession of an accessory that belongs to  the fabled pair, events hot up - the murderer knows the precious pistols for which he has killed are incomplete, but if he admits to ownership of the pistols to get the necessary part, he admits to murder !

  • In the late nineteenth century, six-day 'Go As You Please' contests, or 'Wobbles', were bizarre athletic - or endurance - contests. The 'Wobble' of this tale is set in Islington in the late 1880s, run by a shady promoter who is looking to make money fast with little interest in the  fate or state of the competitors. The intervention of more than one murder makes for a more grisly contest than usual - and as the police investigate, the race continues  relentlessly.