The Lost Gallows: A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (Paperback)

The Lost Gallows: A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) By John Dickson Carr, Martin Edwards (Introduction by) Cover Image
By John Dickson Carr, Martin Edwards (Introduction by)
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"Carr (1906-1977) is at the top of his game in this taut whodunit first published in 1931."—Publishers Weekly, Starred review

The British Library resurfaces an early gem from one of the great writers of the Golden Age of classic crime fiction.

As the thick, autumnal fog chokes the capital, within the fire-lit lounge of London's notorious Brimstone Club a bizarre tale is being spun for Inspector Bencolin and his friend Jeff Marle. A member of the club has been sent a model of a tiny gallows, and the word is that the folkloric hangman Jack Ketch has been stalking the streets for victims by night, his gibbet in tow.

The threat of this supposed bogeyman becomes thrillingly real when that same night Bencolin and Marle are almost run down by a limousine with a corpse behind the wheel. When an ominous message claims the car's passenger has been taken to the gallows at Ruination Street for hanging, the detective and his associate venture into the night to discover the truth behind the terrifying Ketch and a street which cannot be found on any map.

First published in 1931 at the outset of Carr's legendary career in crime writing, this atmospheric mystery boasts all of the twists, tension, and unforgettable scenes of a young master at work.

This British Library Crime Classics edition also includes the rare Inspector Bencolin short story "The Ends of Justice" and an Introduction by CWA Diamond Dagger-Award winning author Martin Edwards.

Also in the British Library Crime Classics:

Smallbone Deceased

The Body in the Dumb River

Blood on the Tracks

Surfeit of Suspects

Death Has Deep Roots

Checkmate to Murder

About the Author

John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906 - February 27, 1977) was a hugely popular and prolific author of crime fiction, regarded as one of the finest writers of ‘Golden Age’ mysteries. He was one of only two Americans ever admitted to the Detection Club, a prestigious honor amongst writers.

Praise For…

"Carr (1906–1977) is at the top of his game in this taut whodunit first published in 1931...The British Library Crime Classics series has unearthed another worthy golden age puzzle." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728219882
ISBN-10: 1728219884
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: British Library Crime Classics