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The tiger in the smoke av Margery Allingham
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The tiger in the smoke (urspr publ 1952; utgåvan 1952)

av Margery Allingham

Serier: Albert Campion (14)

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An impenetrable fog has descended on the streets of post-war London and, lurking in the shadows, a violent murderer is on the rampage. Gentleman detective, Albert Campion, is on the trail of a mysterious man posing as the dead husband of a war widow with a wealthy new fiancé, but his expedition into the city's criminal underworld reveals something far more sinister than blackmail . . . Set in the atmospheric midst of a London 'pea souper', The Tiger in the Smoke is Margery Allingham's most sophisticated Golden Age crime novel, in which the darkness of the down-at-heel city fades against a piercing portrait of pure evil. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Tiger in the Smoke features an introduction by the New York Times bestselling author of detective fiction, Sara Paretsky.Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.… (mer)
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Titel:The tiger in the smoke
Författare:Margery Allingham
Info:Toronto ; New York : Bantam, 1985, c1952.
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Astonishingly beautiful prose, but not really my thing. I've always meant to read Allingham, as those in crime fiction circles speak very highly of her, and now I see why. Her writing is majestic in its beauty, her characters filled with an admittedly strange and philosophical, but nevertheless palpable inner life, and her sense of irony delightful. I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed the book overly, since it's a kind of British action noir that is not my scene (I've never been into the Hammett/James schools of crime fiction) but one can't deny the richness of the words. ( )
  therebelprince | Jun 24, 2021 |
Albert Campion plays small role in case of ruthless killer tracking treasure belonging to his dead commanding officer
  ritaer | Jan 19, 2021 |
I found this somewhat confusing at the beginning. I couldn't figure out what was happening. Way too many disparate characters doing random things. ... Or perhaps I was just kinda sleepy. Whatever, I did figure things out later on and liked the second half reasonably well.

So, it seems that Geoffrey Levett is engaged to marry Meg Elginbrodde. Allegedly, she's a war widow. But then she starts getting mysterious pictures in the mail that show a person in a crowd who looks suspiciously like her [late?] husband. So, is she being blackmailed, is he really alive after all, is something else going on? Who knows? Oh yeah, also London is ensconced in a pea-soup fog for days on end. So, everyone is walking around half blind.

Then, there's a roving band of misfits and wounded war veterans...doing something. They appear to be led by a large albino, Tiddy Doll. A notorious criminal, Jack Havoc escapes and starts knifing people around London, and eventually joins up with the misfit band. Then, there's some kind of legend about a treasure left behind on the French coast during the war. Perhaps there's an association with Maj. Elginbrodde, Meg's presumed dead spouse.

I dunno, it's all fairly confusing. Somewhere in the background Albert Campion wanders in from time to time. Apparently, he's gotten married and is no longer the roaring 20s man about town.

Well, as you can tell, the book confused the hell out of me, and I'd likely give it a - if I could, i.e. ***-, which somehow is better than ** , but I'm not sure how. Not a terrible book, but certainly one one I'd ever consider reading a second time.
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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
I never could get into this one of Allingham's mysteries. It is supposed to be a more literary thing, and I find I prefer her light-hearted ones (Mystery Mile or The Fear Sign). I didn't care about any of these characters, and I really had to struggle to finish this one.

One reviewer compares it to Dostoyevsky; I found Crime and Punishment much more interesting than this novel. In Crime and Punishment, a number of things really grabbed me; here, nothing did.

Clearly, YMMV. ( )
  garyrholt | Nov 5, 2020 |
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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Allingham, Margeryprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Campbell-Notman, FinnIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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An impenetrable fog has descended on the streets of post-war London and, lurking in the shadows, a violent murderer is on the rampage. Gentleman detective, Albert Campion, is on the trail of a mysterious man posing as the dead husband of a war widow with a wealthy new fiancé, but his expedition into the city's criminal underworld reveals something far more sinister than blackmail . . . Set in the atmospheric midst of a London 'pea souper', The Tiger in the Smoke is Margery Allingham's most sophisticated Golden Age crime novel, in which the darkness of the down-at-heel city fades against a piercing portrait of pure evil. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Tiger in the Smoke features an introduction by the New York Times bestselling author of detective fiction, Sara Paretsky.Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

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