The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest

The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest

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Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger: Scotland Yard's James Pibble puzzles over the murder of a pygmy tribesman in the middle of London in this "first class" mystery (The Times Literary Supplement).

Oddball cases are James Pibble's specialty. But the brutal bludgeoning of the revered elder of a New Guinea tribesman may be his strangest yet.

The corpse, in striped pajamas, lies in the middle of a room completely absent of furniture. Seven women squat on the floorboards. One knits. Another sits cross-legged at his feet. They all chant incantations in a strange language. The murder weapon, a wooden balustrade ornament in the shape of an owl, could have been wielded by any of the myriad suspects Pibble meets at Flagg Terrace, the London residence where the Ku family currently lives. And the only clue seems to be an Edwardian penny.

So who killed bearded, four-foot-tall Aaron Ku? Everyone seems to have an alibi, including a local real estate agent, a professional escort, and an anthropologist whose marriage into the tribe was forbidden. In a house where men and women live in separate quarters, Pibble must follow a hierarchy of primitive rituals and gender-role reversals to unmask a surprising killer.

The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest is the 1st book in the James Pibble Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 133 x 203mm
  • Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
  • United States
  • 150400485X
  • 9781504004855
  • 1,662,142

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"First class . . . gripping, intelligent, and original." -The Times Literary Supplement

"Brilliantly imaginative and wonderfully convincing." -The Observer
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About Peter Dickinson

Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world.

The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969). Dickinson was shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature and was the first author to win it twice.

Dickinson served as chairman of the Society of Authors and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on December 16, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.
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