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The Smithfield Slayer - Eric Bruton
1965 UK hardcover 1st edition, 1st impression, published by Boardman in London
British Bloodhound No. 487
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book has clean contents and cloth, solidly bound, no spine lean etc
No previous owner names, inscriptions or stamps etc
The dustwrapper has no loss or tears, very clean and bright
A mystery from the well-regarded City of London Police series
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Not many murder cases come the way of the City of London Police, and when the general manager of a Smithfield meat store is found dead in his own deep freeze the whole force is deeply interested, from the Commissioner at the top to the youngest detective constable, not only because they don't want to have to call in "The Yard", but also because there are all kinds of under the surface ramifications touching their lives at a number of points. Inspector Judd, for example, is greatly concerned about his overdue promotion, and then there is Inspector Ferguson, a newcomer who may scoop the prize; and Detective Constable Scattery is interested, too, for somewhere on the fringes of the case is the man who has been selling drugs to his teenage daughter. . . . This is a satisfying crime novel because it is about real people in an authentic setting. Eric Bruton's policemen come alive, and the uay to day working of a great police force comes alive, too. There is more in these pages riiau a puppet murder and a few connived clues and Bruton holds a place with the select company of crime writers whose work merits serious attention in its own right.

THE ACTUAL City of London is one square mile in the centre of greater London that was the original ancient walled town taken by the Romans. It has been policed since the year 1285 and still has its own separate and independent force—the justly proud City of London Police. The series of books of which this is the latest volume describes the activities of the Criminal Investigation Department of "A" Division. This particular story, as it involves murder—a rare event in the City—concerns also detectives of City Police Headquarters. Police personnel who take part include:

Headquarters (Old Jewry) The Commissioner, known as "The Brig.". Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Halliwell, M.C.
Detective Superintendent Henry Uphill. Detective Inspector Alec Ferguson.
A Division (Moor Lane) Detective Inspector George Judd.
Detective Sergeant John Berger.
Detective Sergeant Gerry Trotter.
Detective Constable Charles Scattery.
Detective Constable Jimmy James (Jamie).
Detective Constable Bert Jarvis.
C Division (Bishopsgate)
Detective Chief Inspector Wally Clutterbuck.
The backgrounds and procedures are real—the personalities and events portrayed are imaginary.
Eric Bruton

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