Amateur detective Albert Campion is back on the case in the latest in Folio’s popular Margery Allingham series. This time, our doyenne of crime is illustrated by Darya Shnykina.
Illustrated by James Boswell
Introduced by A. S. Byatt
Produced in series with The Tiger in the Smoke, this edition pays homage to an exceptional mystery writer.
With its psychological insight, ingenious plot and overarching mood of suspense, this superb thriller sees Allingham’s beloved gentleman detective, Albert Campion, trapped within a living nightmare. Waking in a dark and empty hospital ward, Campion is beset by two appalling realisations: he has lost all memory of his own identity and his life so far; and he alone must avert an enormous, impending disaster whose nebulous terrors fill him with a sense of urgency. Worse still, low voices coming from just outside his room reveal the recent murder of a policeman, and the certain hanging of the patient responsible for this most heinous of crimes …
This edition, produced in series with The Tiger in the Smoke, is introduced by A. S. Byatt, who writes that it ‘has the most amazing plot of any thriller I know’. James Boswell’ disorienting illustrations convey both the frustration and the drama of Campion’s predicament.
Bound in printed and blocked paper
Set in Utopia with Victoria Titling display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
9˝ x 5¾˝
A charming English town with a deadly underworld
‘Traitor’s Purse has the best single idea I’ve met in detective fiction ... If I had to vote for the single best detective story, this would be it’
- A. S. Byatt
About Margery Allingham
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 17, 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.
About A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt is an internationally renowned novelist, poet and short story writer. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before returning to full-time writing in 1983. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession (1990; The Folio Society, 2009), The Biographer’s Tale (2000) and The Children’s Book (2009). Her most recent novel, Ragnarok, was published in 2011. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A. S. Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.
About James Boswell
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