Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Knock, Knock, Who's There?

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Released January 1, 1964

£75.00

As I came up the stairs on the afternoon of the murder I could hear the telephone in my furnished flat ringing like mad, and when I lifted the receiver a voice I'd never heard before cried deperately, 'Listen! Tell him it's no use. I haven't got it. He'll have to wait.'

This is the beginning of Anthony Gilbert's new story of blackmail and murder, which is laid in and around a rather seedy pub called the Admiral Box.

Who was the owner of that desperate voice and why did she ring Simon Crete, the narrator and a man whom she had never seen?

This is one of the questions asked and eventually answered by Arthur Crook (Where there's Crook there's Crime) in Anthony Gilbert's most ingenious story, where nothing is quite what it appears on the surface, and which leads to an astonishing but thoroughly satisfying climax.

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Anthony Gilbert

Anthony Gilbert, the pen name of Lucy Beatrice Malleson (15 February 1899 – 9 December 1973), was an English crime writer who was a cousin of actor-screenwriter Miles Malleson. She also wrote fiction as Anne Meredith and the autobiography Three-a-Penny (1940) under the Meredith name.

Lucy Malleson was born in London. When her stockbroker father lost his job the family suffered financial hardship, and she took up shorthand typing to earn a living. She began writing poetry, and then, inspired by the play The Cat and the Canary by John Wollard (1922), she tried her hand at detective novels.

While Malleson's books sold well enough to keep publishers asking for more, she was never a best-seller. However, in 2017 interest in her was revived through the reissue of the Anne Meredith crime novel Portrait of a Murderer under the British Library's Crime Classics imprint.

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