Reissue of Peter Lovesey's first acclaimed book that started his career nearly 50 years ago
In Victorian London, race-walking, or 'wobbles', are all the rage. So on a Monday morning in November 1879 the crowds gather for Islington's bizarre six-day endurance walking race.
By Tuesday, one of the contestants is dead. Tetanus from a blister is assumed, but then there is a second death, and this time it's definitely murder. A bemused Sergeant Cribb from Scotland Yard is called in, along with Constable Thackeray, and they soon discover that something foul is at play.
'Here are true Victorians, not pious frauds of legend. A first-rate story of sustained thrill' - John Dickson Carr
'First prize-winner, and a worthy one . . . excellently done' - Edmund Crispin
'Brilliantly evocative . . . It is long since I came across so original a setting' - Spectator
'Don't miss this. It will be on all the best lists' - Los Angeles Times
Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.
He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.