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Book Title: The Tiger in the Smoke|
The author of the book: Margery Allingham
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Date of issue: June 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780786702251
Format files: PDF
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This is a thriller, not a detective novel, and a superb one. The holding back of one star is because I deem the thriller genre, defined as a tale focused primarily on danger and pursuit, to be inherently limited. Tiger boasts, however, a nugget of theological drama which, if it had been integrated into the fabric of the novel more thoroughly, might have raised it into the same class as Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. The killer, Jack Havoc (this is not a spoiler), follows what he calls "the science of luck" which brings him nothing but good fortune if only he will be disciplined enough never to be "soft" (i.e., compassionate or kind). The nugget to which I refer is his encounter with a clergyman who explains what his science of luck really is. This scene is not a didactic interruption, but an integral part of the plot, and would render the book worth reading even if everything else were mediocre. Fortunately, the rest of the book is a tautly written, captivating narrative filled with Allingham's usual warm humanity.
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Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine. Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt's magazine.
Soon after Margery's birth, the family left London for Essex. She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter. They married in 1928. He was her collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.
Margery's breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel, The Crime at Black Dudley . The novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character. After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back for Mystery Mile and continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.
After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966. Her husband finished her last novel, A Cargo of Eagles at her request, and published it in 1968.
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