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Death of a Bovver Boy : A Carolus Deene Mystery
by Leo Bruce


Overview - Billed as "the ugliest case that Carolus Deene ever chose to investigate," Leo Bruce's "Death of a Bovver Boy" finds the redoubtable schoolmaster-turned-detective involved in yet another mystery murder--this time among teenage outcasts and skinheads in rural 1970s England.When Carolus's housekeeper, stoic Mrs.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Billed as "the ugliest case that Carolus Deene ever chose to investigate," Leo Bruce's "Death of a Bovver Boy" finds the redoubtable schoolmaster-turned-detective involved in yet another mystery murder--this time among teenage outcasts and skinheads in rural 1970s England.When Carolus's housekeeper, stoic Mrs. Stick, announces one evening that her husband has seen the naked body of a youth lying in "a peculiar hunched-up position" in a ditch beside the road, his hair shorn and his wrists slashed, Carolus knows that he has, at last, met the supreme challenge to test his powers of deduction. And this is just the beginning: from this point on, the detective is involved in a lively series of adventures infiltrating England's provincial underworld and gaining insight into the dead boy's unhappy background and surroundings. A rude collection of thugs and punks become involved in the search for the murderer; all are equally dangerous and each might be to blame. Only through his ingenuity and determination to persevere--despite all the forces urging him to the contrary--does Carolus finally solve the mystery.This is one of Leo Bruce's grittiest novels, giving the reader an insight into the milieu of rebellious 1970s England, a world where prejudice was the order of the day and hostility and violence were the only means of survival.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780897337335
  • ISBN-10: 0897337336
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 160
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.37 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.47 pounds

Series: Carolus Deene

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

First published in 1974, the last entry in Bruce's long-running Carolus Deene series (At Death's Door, etc.) is perhaps best appreciated as a parody of the classic English murder mystery. When schoolmaster Carolus discovers the naked corpse of Kenneth "Dutch" Carver, a "born delinquent," in a ditch in the rural town of Newminster, Carolus resolves to solve the boy's murder. Carolus discovers that various groups had reason to hate Dutch, including his fellow greasers and even the decent folk of Newminster, fed up with his hijinks. Appearances can be deceiving, and if Carolus can't see past the obvious, a young girl may pay the price. Casual racism, overbearing class consciousness, police reliance on an amateur, and a busybody lead motivated more by officious curiosity and self-aggrandizement than any empathy for the victim are all dialed up to 11. Bruce was the pen name of British author Rupert Croft-Cooke (1903–1979). (Nov.)

 
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