THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE Hardcover – 1953
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Take this interesting, if very flawed, Albert Campian novel. The basic set-up is that there's a ruthless and expert killer on the loose in London; he is one of the most dangerous men in Britain, and Campian and Scotland Yard have to track him down before any more victims fall. And yet the murder plot is almost the least fascinated element of this book. Written in 1952 and set post-war, Allingham portrays a dark fog forever hanging over the city. Such is the depth and darkness of this fog/smog, that it becomes almost existential in nature. The characters in this book are literally unable to see what is in front of them and where they are going; they're always fighting against the gloom and lost in this world of blackness. Without a doubt there's a sense of post-war malaise in this fog, Britain was a country on the winning side of the war, but they don't feel like victors in this gloomy London - instead they seem to have lost their sunshine and their joy. And perhaps even more than that, a dark and heavy fog is by its nature hugely oppressive, and this oppression is felt right across society itself. If you read the adventures of the aristocratic detective Campian which were written before the war, then there is a sense of a very ordered society. Everybody knows their place. In The Tiger in the Smoke on the other hand, that society is pushed down and crumbling.Read more ›
Featuring the inimitable Charlie Luke, some definitely strange criminals and a marvellous clergyman this is an entertaining mystery story with some nail biting moments when it looks as though no one is going to get out of the mess alive. Many of the interactions between the characters have much more depth than can usually be expected from crime novels.
Margery Allingham was writing when English detective fiction was in its heyday - the Golden Age of crime fiction - and the story has stood the test of time. It portrays an era when principles were important in everyday life and people tried to live up to certain standards. If you like your crime fiction in the classic mould then try Margery Allingham's Campion stories.
What follows is an extremely atmospheric mystery; set in a post-war, weary London in a middle of a pea souper fog. As events escalate, Levett goes missing and witnesses are killed. A convict called Jack Havoc has escaped from prison – he is hunting a “treasure”, while Luke and Campion search for him in the “Smoke,” which is the fog bound city of London. There are some wonderful characters, such as the saintly Canon Avril, the brilliantly named Tiddy Doll and the elusive Havoc himself – the Tiger of the story.
I had only read one Campion novel before and I found myself a little lost so far into the series, as obviously you were meant to know some familiar characters. However, Campion himself did not feature strongly in the book, meaning that it worked quite well as a stand-alone story. London itself – battered, weary, down at heel – is almost a character in itself. Everyone stumbles around, unable to see and events are revealed slowly, almost as glimpses through the fog. If you are interested in London shortly after the war, then this novel gives you a great view of the City at that time and is worth reading just for the historical aspect of the book.
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Gripping thriller from the 1940s. Excellent writing style which draws you in from the first moment.Published 7 months ago by LadyG'Diver
Frightened myself reading it but could not put it doe
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Beautiful writing. Very atmospheric and certainly structured in early 1950's English. I was born in 1953 and don't remember the 'smogs' which led to London being called 'The... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M.J .Atterbury
Almost Dickensian in the way it's written. Hard to read enjoyably. Yes, very descriptive, very atmospheric, but feels very Victorian.Published 9 months ago by Ric Thompson
An excellent story with a real ability to instill fear, also funny at times.Published 11 months ago by bernice jones