A Tangled Web

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

Daisy Bland: Young, beautiful and naive, her testimony threatens to send her husband to the gallows.

For the young, and pretty, Daisy Bland it all started when she literally bumped into Hugo and fell madly in love. She gives up everything for him: her job, her friends, her independence. Blinded by love and naively trusting, she asks no questions about his vague profession as a 'commission agent', his suspicious associates and 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, but her husband's life is 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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Contents

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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 for C. Day Lewis CBE, who was Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972, aged sixty-eight.

C. Day Lewis had an illustrious career both as an academic and as a literary figure, producing many collections of poetry, critical works, translations and novels under his own name. However for his twenty detective novels, and his crime short stories, he adopted the pen name of Blake. His central character in most of the novels was the cultivated amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways. The events of A Tangled Web, which is not in the Strangeways series, were based on a true story.

C. Day Lewis married his second wife, the actress Jill Balcon, in 1951. He had four children, one of whom is the actor Daniel Day Lewis.

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