The Tiger in the Smoke, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is a Vintage Murder Mystery - With a new introduction by Susan Hill.

Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

A fog is creeping through the weary streets of London - so too are whispers that the Tiger is back in town, undetected by the law, untroubled by morals. And the rumours are true: Jack Havoc, charismatic outlaw, knife-wielding killer and ingenious jail-breaker, is on the loose once again.

As Havoc stalks the smog-cloaked alleyways of the city, it falls to Albert Campion to hunt down the fugitive and put a stop to his rampage - before it's too late...As urbane as Lord ingenious as Poirot...Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781784701598

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A band of series characters - all well drawn - deal with a number of villains, including a ruthless murderer escaped from prison and bent on revenge, in the midst of a dense London fog. There's not a lot of mystery, but there is great tension. Beyond the plot, the book also sets up a tension between a materialist worldview and a sort of mystic view, and reaches and ending that can be read to validate either frame. It suffers a bit from the sense that some characters are disposable compared to others, but not too badly.

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