Illustrated by Alexandru Savescu
An unmissable Albert Campion mystery, from Margery Allingham. Hide My Eyes gives sharply observed characters, unparalleled psychological depth and a thrilling portrait of London.
‘My very favourite of the four Queens of crime is Allingham’
A grisly spectre of murder and greed hangs unseen over the tiny corner of London known as Garden Green. Brought in to investigate a number of apparently unconnected disappearances, Albert Campion finds himself faced with a series of ever more disparate clues: a country bus with a pair of unusual passengers parked outside a London theatre; a lizard-skin lettercase; a left-handed glove. Over the course of a single day, he must race to stop a singularly ruthless killer whose own complex web of deceit threatens to destroy those closest to him.
This taut novel is Margery Allingham at her best. More truthfully a psychological thriller than a whodunnit, Hide My Eyes contains in abundance all the elements this ‘Queen of Crime’ was celebrated for: sharply observed characters, unparalleled psychological depth and a thrilling portrait of London in all its shadowy glory. As the reader follows the misdeeds of the man known to some as Jeremy, they witness both the unmasking of a monster and the growing terror of those he has ensnared with his charms. Allingham was never satisfied with a simple portrait of criminality; in the midst of this page-turning mystery, she presents a deeper horror – the evil that can be perpetrated when good people choose to believe a comforting lie, rather than the chilling truth.
‘“I never let anything tear the skin. I’ve never been faintly fond of anything or anybody in my life.” He spoke lightly but with satisfaction. “I’m deadly serious about this. I spotted the plain mechanical truth of it as a child. You could almost call it the Chad-Horder discovery. Any kind of affection is a solvent.”’
Produced in series with our two best-selling Allingham editions, The Tiger in the Smoke and Traitor’s Purse, Hide My Eyes features illustrations by Romanian artist Alexandru Savescu. Longlisted twice in the illustrious Book Illustration Competition, Savescu has provided a series of exquisitely moody images that expertly capture the novel’s sense of creeping dread. Paired with a smart burgundy slipcase and a binding that hints at the mysteries within, this edition is a must have for any crime aficionado.
‘Allingham is the best of mystery writers’
Margery Allingham is pre-eminent among the writers who brought the detective story to maturity in the decades between the two world wars. She was born in London in 1904, and her first novel was published when she was seventeen, with her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, following in 1928. Her next book, The Crime at Black Dudley (1929), introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing: Albert Campion. She died in 1966.
Alexandru Savescu is a Romanian illustrator, graphic designer and visiting lecturer at Coventry University. His work was longlisted in the 2015 and 2016 Book Illustration Competition, run by The Folio Society in partnership with House of Illustration, and he went on to be shortlisted in 2017. Savescu has worked in traditional pen and ink, experimental printing, digital painting and short animation, always paying close attention to detail and style and aiming to evoke a strong sense of atmosphere in his artwork.
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