This is an unconventional yet gripping story of intrigue, betrayal, obsession, justification and self-delusion. And will the killer get away with it?
- ISBN-13: 9781464206733
- ISBN-10: 1464206732
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 358
Series: British Library Crime Classics
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
The title of this worthy golden age mystery from Crofts (18791957), originally published in 1934, refers to an early morning plane flight from Croydon, England, to Paris. When cantankerous retired businessman Andrew Crowther suddenly dies aboard the flight, the official verdict is suicide. Crowthers ambitious nephew, Charles Swinburn, is relieved that his uncles inheritance will save him from ruin. Charles sets about keeping the family company afloat and winning the love of his life, Una. When evidence of foul play emerges, everyone with a link to Crowther becomes a suspect in his death. Unusually, most of the story is told in third person from the killers perspective. Even though readers know that the perpetrator should and must come to justice, they will find themselves eagerly anticipating his next devious move. The time spent following the rationalizations of the criminals mind makes up for the long-winded exposition in the final chapters of this British Library Crime classic. (Feb.)