By Freeman Wills Crofts

George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a guy with many concerns: his marriage is collapsing; his funds are insecure; and a virulent disease of sickness threatens the animals in his care.

As Surridge's money owed mount and the strain on him raises, he starts off to dream of miracle suggestions. yet is he crafty adequate to show his desires into reality—and may he dedicate the main devious homicide in pursuit of his goals?

This inventive crime novel, with its strange 'inverted' constitution and sympathetic portrait of a guy at the area, is likely one of the maximum works by way of this hugely revered writer. the frilly technique of homicide devised by way of Crofts's characters could be unsurpassed in English crime fiction for its ostentatious intricacy.

This vintage detective novel from the Nineteen Thirties is now republished for the 1st time, with an advent via the award-winning crime author Martin Edwards and is an addition to our British Library Crime Classics sequence.

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The test material is treated by acid digestion as a preli mi­ nary step in diatom analysis. In the case of decomposed bodies, the demon stration of diatoms in enclosed organs and especially in the bone marrow, due care being taken to exclude contamination, is strong if n conclusive evidence of death by drowning. 51 j Forensic Diatomology and Drowning Polson CJ, Gee DJ, Knight B . The Essentials of Forensic Medicine, 4th ed ition, Pergamon press, pg 434, 1985. We now discuss some of the historically important reseach on the diatom test for drowning with specific reference to early investigations, recent studies on the reliability of the test and developments in empirical meth­ ods fo r isolating frustules from tissue.

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