The crime of the century

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Hutchinson, 1989 - Drama - 141 pages
Bridget Ainsworth, aged twenty, lay dead in Barn Elms Park. She had been stabbed five times in the back with a peculiarly thin blade. The next night another woman was found murdered - and then another. A killer was loose in London. Detective Superintendant Bill Barry investigates.

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User Review  - hvhay - LibraryThing

It's Kingsley Amis, so I thought how bad could it be? It's not entirely devoid of wit and style, so 2 stars. But it was pretty unintelligible, for me anyway. Perhaps it came across better as a serial, I don't know. Read full review

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User Review  - SusanListon - LibraryThing

Tried to read this, bogged down. Thought, oh come on, it's so short, try again. I got a lot farther this time, but bogged down again. Too many characters that I can't tell apart, doesn't matter who dun it because I won't know for sure who it is anyway. Read full review


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Kingsley Amis is generally considered one of the "angry young men" of the 1950s. He was born in London in 1922 and educated at the City of London School. He received a degree in English language and literature from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1947. Until 1961 Amis lectured in English at University College, Swansea, and for the following two years at Cambridge. In 1947 Amis published his first collection of poems, Bright November. Frame of Mind followed in 1953 and Poems: Fantasy Portraits in 1954. His first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), established his reputation as a writer. He followed with That Uncertain Feeling (1956), and I Like It Here (1958). A longtime James Bond devotee, Amis wrote a James Bond adventure after the death of Ian Fleming in 1964. Amis's study of the famous spy was titled The James Bond Dossier (1965). Amis received the Booker Prize for the Old Devils (1986). Amis's later works include Memoirs (1990), and The King's English, a collection of essays on the craft of writing well. Amis was knighted in 1990. He died in 1995.

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