Hopjoy Was Here

Colin Watson
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ISBN 9780571252855 Format Paperback
Published 16/07/2009 Length 158 pages

About Book

Within the quiet respectable market town of Flaxborough lurks a dangerous criminal: someone who has no compunction in committing horrific crimes. A secret agent has been murdered in unsavoury circumstances connected to an acid bath and it is up to Inspector Purbright to investigate, but it does not take long for two more operatives to arrive in Flaxborough looking for the same answers. How can one of their colleagues have been murdered in such a bland, provincial town? As ever Purbright must use all his skills as an investigator to get to the truth. Described by the Literary Review as 'wickedly funny,' Hopjoy was Here, the third in the Flaxborough series, was first published in 1962.

'[A] macabre and jolly English tale.' New Yorker

'Mr Watson has an unforgivably sharp eye for the ridiculous.' Anthony Boucher, New York Times

Faber Finds will be reissuing all the Flaxborough novels in sequence.

  • About Colin Watson

    Colin Watson was born in 1920. He worked as a journalist but was most famous for his twelve 'Flaxborough' novels, set in a small fictional town in England. Four of the 'Flaxborough' novels were adapted for television by the BBC under the series title Murder Most English and Watson's Detective Inspector Purbright remains one of the most intellectual detectives in the crime genre. Colin Watson died in 1983.

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