The murder, a brutal stabbing, definitely took place on Guy Fawkes’ night. It was definitely by the bonfire on the village green. There were definitely a number of witnesses.
And yet, was it definitely clear to anybody exactly what they had seen? In the writhing, violent shadows, it seems as if the truth may have gone up in smoke. Julian Symons’ phenomenal 1960 novel is a searing drama of wrongful accusation, twisty police procedural and account of grim murder all rolled together. This edition also includes the resonant short story ‘The Tigers of Subtopia’.