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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
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AFTER THE FINE WEATHER

Published in 1963 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE CRACK IN THE TEA CUP

Published in 1966 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE DUST AND THE HEAT

Published in 1967 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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GAME WITHOUT RULES

Published in 1968 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE ETRUSCAN NET

Published in 1969 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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STAY OF EXECUTION

Published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE BODY OF A GIRL

Published in 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE NINETY-SECOND TIGER

Published in 1973 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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FLASH POINT

Published in 1974 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE NIGHT OF THE TWELFTH

Published in 1976 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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PETRELLA AT Q

Published in 1977 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE EMPTY HOUSE

Published in 1978 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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DEATH OF A FAVOURITE GIRL

Published in 1980 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE FINAL THROW

Published in 1982 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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Mr. CALDER AND Mr. BEHRENS

Published in 1982 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE BLACK SERAPHIM

Published in 1983 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE LONG JOURNEY HOME

Published in 1985 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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TROUBLE

Published in 1987 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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YOUNG PETRELLA

Published in 1988 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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PAINT, GOLD AND BLOOD

Published in 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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ANYTHING FOR A QUIET LIFE

Published in 1990 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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THE QUEEN AGAINST KARL MULLEN

Published in 1991 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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ROLLER-COASTER

Published in 1993 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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RING OF TERROR

Published in 1995 by Hodder & Stoughton in London
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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
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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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