A Tangled Web

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A&C Black, Jul 16, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
Hugo Chesterman is on trial for murdering a policeman. Why did he do it? Or could he be innocent?

Daisy Bland is young, beautiful and naive, and her testimony threatens to send her husband to the gallows.

For Daisy, it all started when she literally bumped into Hugo and fell madly in love. She gave up everything for him: her job, her friends, her independence. Blinded by love, she asks no questions about his vague profession as a 'commission agent', his suspicious associates and his reckless financial decisions.

When Hugo is arrested for the murder of a policeman in a burglary gone wrong, Daisy doesn't know what to believe. Her husband's life is now in her hands.

First published in 1956, A Tangled Web is an intelligent, off-beat crime thriller.

"A persuasive study in criminal character that is a model fusion of the suspense story and mainstream fiction...wholly admirable writing." - The New York Times

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Tragedy at Southbourne
The Morning After
Well Get Him
The Kiss of Death
An Arrest in London
Fair Enough
The Second Betrayal
From Evidence Received
Daisy Consults a Solicitor
Trial and Verdict
Last Scene of

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About the author (2012)

Nicholas Blake is the pseudonym of poet and author, Cecil Day-Lewis, used primarily for his mystery series.

Cecil Day-Lewis CBE (1904 - 22) was a British poet from Ireland and the Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Day-Lewis was born in Ballintubbert, County Laois, Ireland. He was the son of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day-Lewis and Kathleen Squires. After Day-Lewis's mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, with the help of an aunt, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. Day-Lewis continued to regard himself as Anglo-Irish for the remainder of his life, though after the declaration of the Republic of Ireland in 1948 he chose British rather than Irish citizenship, on the grounds that 1940 had taught him where his deepest roots lay. He was educated at Sherborne School and at Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927.

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