A girl employed in the box office of a London cinema falls into the power of a mysterious trio of crooks. A helpful solicitor sends her to Scotland Yard. There she tells Inspector French the story of the Purple Sickle. Her body is found floating in Southampton Water the next day. French discovers that similar murders have taken place. After gathering evidence he learns the trio’s secret and runs them to ground.
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Freeman Wills Crofts was born in Dublin in 1879 and died in 1957. He worked for a Northern Irish railway company as an engineer until 1929, before turning to detective fiction His plots reveal his mathematical training and he specialised in the seemingly unbreakable alibi, laying layer upon layer within his stories. He loved ships and trains and the intricacies of transport timetables feature in many of his stories. Crofts’ best-known character is Inspector Joseph French. French appears for the first time in Inspector French’s Greatest Case. He is a detective who achieves his results through dogged persistence.
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Book Description Collins Crime Club, London. 1972. Reprint., 1972. 8vo, 250pp. A very good hardback copy in edgeworn price-clipped dust jacket. Foxing to fore edges. Bookseller Inventory # 88420
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1972. Book Condition: Good. New impression. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90052937