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CLOSE QUARTERS
Published in 1947 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THEY NEVER LOOKED INSIDE
Published in 1947 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE DOORS OPEN
Published in 1949 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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SMALLBONE DECEASED
Published in 1950 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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DEATH HAS DEEP ROOTS
Published in 1951 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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DEATH IN CAPTIVITY
Published in 1952 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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FEAR TO TREAD
Published in 1953 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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SKY HIGH
Published in 1955 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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BE SHOT FOR SIXPENCE
Published in 1956 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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BLOOD AND JUDGEMENT
Published in 1959 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Green cloth with gilt lettering
A CLEAN KILL
Published in 1960 by Constable in London
Yellow softcover wrappers - no hardback issued
Cover priced at 7/6
AFTER THE FINE WEATHER
Published in 1963 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
Dustcover priced at 16s
THE CRACK IN THE TEA CUP
Published in 1966 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 18s
THE DUST AND THE HEAT
Published in 1967 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 21s
GAME WITHOUT RULES
Published in 1968 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Red cloth with gilt lettering
THE ETRUSCAN NET
Published in 1969 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Red cloth with gilt lettering
STAY OF EXECUTION
Published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Green cloth with gilt lettering
Dust jacket priced at 30s / 1.50
THE BODY OF A GIRL
Published in 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 1.95
THE NINETY-SECOND TIGER
Published in 1973 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Green cloth with gilt lettering
FLASH POINT
Published in 1974 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Green cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 2.40
THE NIGHT OF THE TWELFTH
Published in 1976 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
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PETRELLA AT Q
Published in 1977 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 3.95
THE EMPTY HOUSE
Published in 1978 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 4.50
DEATH OF A FAVOURITE GIRL
Published in 1980 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Maroon cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 5.50
THE FINAL THROW
Published in 1982 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering
Mr CALDER AND Mr BEHRENS
Published in 1982 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Blue cloth with gilt lettering
THE BLACK SERAPHIM
Published in 1983 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
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THE LONG JOURNEY HOME
Published in 1985 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
TROUBLE
Published in 1987 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Green cloth with gilt lettering
YOUNG PETRELLA
Published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
PAINT, GOLD AND BLOOD
Published in 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
Dust jacket priced at 11.95
ANYTHING FOR A QUIET LIFE
Published in 1990 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
THE QUEEN AGAINST KARL MULLEN
Published in 1991 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Grey cloth with gilt lettering
Dust jacket priced at 14.99
ROLLER-COASTER
Published in 1993 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
RING OF TERROR
Published in 1995 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
Black cloth with gilt lettering
Jacket priced at 16.99
INTO THE BATTLE
Published in 1997 by Hale in London
THE MAN WHO HATED BANKS & OTHER MYSTERIES
Published in 1997 by Landru in New York
OVER AND OUT
Published in 1998 by Hale in London
THE MATHEMATICS OF MURDER
Published in 2000 by Hale in London
THE CURIOUS CONSPIRACY & OTHER CRIMES
Published in 2002 by Hale in London
Black boards and gilt lettering. DJ 17.99

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Michael Gilbert (1912 - 2006)
Michael Gilbert's writing career spanned nearly sixty years, even though he was thirty-five when his first book was published.
He was a lawyer by profession and used to write his novels on the train journey home to Kent. His style was plain but highly serviceable and he was a master of suspence.

Gilbert was, perhaps, the last of the Golden Age writers, who always preferred plot to psychology. As he wrote in 1996, "let your policeman get on with his job."
He had much in common with Henry Wade, a comparison with which he would undoubtedly have been content. Like Wade, Gilbert was not afraid to expose the seamier aspects of human behaviour within the confines of the conventional detective story.
Of the earlier books Smallbone Deceased and Death in Captivity stand up particularly well, while The Night of the Twelth and Death of a Favourite Girl show Michael Gilbert at the height of his powers.

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