Marsh, Ngaio - Clutch of Constables. Companion Book Club, 1969? The affair has become such a police classic that Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn used it later to illustrate his lectures. The chief character in the case, he explained, was an international criminal known as 'the Jampot', who looked upon the murders he performed as tiresome and regrettable necessities. But it was Alleyn's wife Troy who knew 'the Jampot' best. She had unwittingly shared close quarters with him during the cruise of the pleasure steamer Zodiac, winding its picturesque course along the inland waterways joining such Arcadian places as tollardwark, Crossdyke, Longminster and Ramsdyke. At a loose end and with her husband away lecturing in New York, it has been on impulse that Troy had taken advantage of a cancellation; what she hadn't known at the time was that the passenger himself had been cancelled - murdered! Neither could she know that one of the odd group of holiday makers in the tiny vessel was 'the Jampot'. A five-day cruise in Constable country had seemed a grand adventure but what it turned out to be was a voyage of terror with death shadowing them all the way! During the course of the Zodiac's journey tow of the company die violently and only with the return of Alleyn himself is the final showdown forced and the identity of the nebulous killer revealed. (Wrapper flap). 7½" x 4¾", 254pp, blue-green buckram, hardback. Map endpapers (identical). Slightly sunned spine; very good; complete with good (sunned spine; slight edge-wear; 'dusty') wrapper.
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