Algernon Swinburne (a portrait drawn from real life) is a famous and successful poet – and he’s also about to become a detective! When one of his former school friends is stabbed to death, Algernon is determined to bring the murderer to justice.
Algernon’s investigation involves him with both the Society for the Suppression of Vice and a member of the royal family: a most unhappy mixture. He also uncovers a record of blackmail, murder and sin in high places.
Here is what the critics have had to say about Michael Allen’s previous crime fiction: ‘A true blue murder master.’ Time.
‘Solidly constructed.’ New York Times Book Review.
‘A thrill-a-page plot.’ Booklist.
‘In the Top Ten of crimewriters.’ The Bookseller.