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John & Emery Bonett

Dead Lion

Michael Joseph 1949
Jacket artwork by Olga Lehmann

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John & Emery Bonett

EMERY BONETT'S novel, High Pavement, was one of the most distinguished detective stories of the last few years. Now, in collaboration with her husband, comes Dead Lion, which has been received with rapture even by the case-hardened crime-addicts who read detective manuscripts for the publishers. Cyprian Druse was a literary lion, a critic and a power. He could scorch a reputation with a few sentences; he could make one, too, if he chose, but he seldom chose. Rivals feared and respected him; failures hated him; women loved him. Nobody liked him. Then he died. The police thought his death was accidental—and so did his nephew Simon until he found the locked cabinet, and played the six records it contained. They were home-made recordings, for Cyprian's ear alone, made by women who had been in love with him; six voices trapped on wax— six women wailing for their demon lover. Six women, all of whom had good reason for wishing Cyprian dead

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