The Methods of Sergeant Cluff
Overview - It is a wet and windy night in the town of Gunnarshaw, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. The body of young Jane Trundle, assistant in the chemist s shop, is discovered lying face down on the cobblestones. Sergeant Caleb Cluff is not a man of many words, and neither does he play by the rules. Read more...
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It is a wet and windy night in the town of Gunnarshaw, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. The body of young Jane Trundle, assistant in the chemist s shop, is discovered lying face down on the cobblestones. Sergeant Caleb Cluff is not a man of many words, and neither does he play by the rules. He may exasperate his superiors, but he has the loyal support of his constable and he is the only CID man in the division. The case is his. Life in Gunnarshaw is tough, with its people caught up in a rigid network of social conventions. But as Cluff s investigation deepens, Gunnarshaw s veneer of hard-working respectability starts to crumble. Sparse, tense, and moodily evoking the unforgiving landscape, this classic crime novel keeps the reader guessing to the end."
- ISBN-13: 9781464206672
- ISBN-10: 1464206678
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 158
British Library Crime Classics
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical
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Originally published in 1961, North’s second Sergeant Cluff novel (after Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm) is not a classic mystery, despite its inclusion in the British Library Crime Classics series. Rather, it is a rumination on social change in England during the late 1950s and early 1960s, a period that saw the rise of a moneyed professional class. As one character puts it, “In my father’s day they had to be gentry. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry with the cheek can stick his oar in now.” The claustrophobic atmosphere of Gunnarshaw, the fictional Yorkshire town where the story is set, echoes the gloomy character of its hero, Sergeant Cluff. There is a hypnotic pleasure in watching Cluff, usually in the company of his collie, Clive, wandering the back alleys and canal tow paths, scoffing gravy-filled meat pies at a workingman’s cafe and gossiping with the locals. These seemingly inconclusive activities in fact reveal the prejudices, mores, and class structure of Gunnarshaw and lead Cluff to intuit the murderer of a young local woman. Anglophiles will find a lot to like. (Sept.)