Green for Danger

Green for Danger

By (author) Christianna Brand

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Set in a military hospital during the Blitz, Green for Danger is widely regarded as a classic mystery from the Golden Age of the detective story. When a patient and a nurse are murdered, Inspector Cockrill finds himself with six possible suspects.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 110 x 172 x 18mm | 140.62g
  • 09 Apr 1999
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 033037592X
  • 9780330375924
  • 815,130

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Many people will fondly remember the classic Alastair Sim film version of Brand's famous novel. Delightful though that was, the book affords the richer experience. The isolated Heron's Park military hospital has been pressed into wartime service as a safe refuge from the nightly bombing raids. But when a patient dies under anaesthetic and a nurse who claims to know what went wrong also shuffles off this mortal coil, it's up to Brand's chain-smoking Inspector Cockrill to discern which of the six remaining doctors and nurses is a single-minded murderer. H R F Keating called this the finest novel of the Golden Age of the detective story, and it's difficult to argue. There isn't a foot misplaced in the machine-precision plotting or perceptive characterization, and current crime fiction practitioners could do worse than rediscover how 256 pages are all that are required for something as gem-like as this. (Kirkus UK)

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