Thursday, July 4, 2013

FEAR TO TREAD - Michael Gilbert

This is a good solid mystery concerning the activities of black marketeers in early 1950's London.

A Mr Wetherall,a head master at a unfashionable inner city school becomes involved in the murder of one of his pupils father and from there his obstinacy will not allow him to drop the matter. There are some very nice nasty characters that he meets along the way and the first is not the last violent death.

This is a nice old fashioned story and proves again you don't need graphic violence to fill out a good solid plot.

The only negative I could mention is I have no idea how this qualifies as part of the Inspector Hazelrigg series as he appears in the book for about three lines.

More John Buchan than James Lee Burke but very enjoyable.

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