By Freeman Wills Crofts
George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a guy with many concerns: his marriage is collapsing; his funds are insecure; and a virulent disease of ailment threatens the animals in his care.
As Surridge's money owed mount and the strain on him raises, he starts off to dream of miracle strategies. yet is he crafty adequate to show his goals into reality—and may possibly he devote the main devious homicide in pursuit of his goals?
This inventive crime novel, with its strange 'inverted' constitution and sympathetic portrait of a guy at the area, is likely one of the maximum works by means of this hugely revered writer. the frilly technique of homicide devised by way of Crofts's characters could be unsurpassed in English crime fiction for its ostentatious intricacy.
This vintage detective novel from the Nineteen Thirties is now republished for the 1st time, with an creation through the award-winning crime author Martin Edwards and is an addition to our British Library Crime Classics sequence.
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The faerie magicians of House Merinita keep a watchful eye on the Huntress, of course, but do not treat it as a threat without evidence of direct hostility against the rest of the House. Meetings of the Huntress always take place with considerable secrecy on the Ides of August (Diana’s holy day) at a place sacred to the goddess (which changes every year). Indeed, members traditionally wear masks at these meetings and adopt cult names derived from the legends of Diana. Only the innermost members know that several members of the Huntress are, in fact, hedge wizards (some possibly of the lineage of Diedne) who are not members of the Order of Hermes.
Since then, magi from other Houses who express an interest in Mendalus’s teachings are carefully vetted by the Huntress, and occasionally offered membership. The Huntress Today The Huntress is a small and fanatical sect with a very specific goal: to train an individual sufficiently so that he will possess enough power to find Quendalon (who is supposedly hiding in Arcadia) and destroy him. The goddess herself will then anoint her new high priest or priestess with the power to change the entire Order from being practitioners of Hermetic magic to cultists of nature worship.