THOU SHELL OF DEATH

by Nicholas Blake

Legendary World War I flying ace Fergus O’Brien has received three threatening letters. He has his suspicions regarding the identity of the sender and invites his suspects to spend Christmas with him. Refusing police protection, he does agree to private detective Nigel Strangeways joining the party and ‘keeping his eyes open’. Cecil Day Lewis, aka Nicholas Blake, was the poet laureate and an academic, and his crime stories combine ingenious plots with literate and cultured writing. Hatchards are proud to reissue this classic crime story in a collectable hardback edition.

£12.99 Limited Hatchards edition with a green cloth binding, stylish dust jacket and exclusive William Morris endpapers. 1,500 numbered copies.

‘Nigel, after a brief stay at Oxford, in the course of which he had neglected Demosthenes in favour of Freud, had turned to the profession of criminal investigator – the only profession left, he was wont to remark, which gave scope for good manners and scientific discovery.’

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