Una nebbia impenetrabile avvolge le strade di una Londra faticosamente impegnata nella ricostruzione post bellica. Una situazione di caos perfetta per pianificare un violento omicidio. Albert Campion, detective gentiluomo, è sulle tracce di un uomo misterioso che, nelle fotografie in cui è ritratto, sembra assomigliare incredibilmente al marito, morto, di una delle vedove di guerra più in vista della società londinese.
Una donna che peraltro si è appena riavuta faticosamente dal lutto, cominciando una nuova relazione.
Ma la discesa di Campion nei recessi del crimine rivela scenari molto più sinistri di un semplice ricatto.
Ambientato nella classica fumosa Londra dell’età d’oro della crime novel, il romanzo è forse il più elegante e sofisticato dell’autrice.
- ISBN: 8833929604
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 332
This was a reread for me as I recently bought a lovely hardcover edition at a library sale. It was as wonderful as I remembered, with colorful, well thought out characters and a malevolent murderer. One of Margery Allingham's best, this is a psychological mystery in which the existence of evil is di Leggi tutto
3.5★ This is only my second Allingham and is reputed to be her best work. Based on this I may not go to any extraordinary effort to find any more of this author's works. The beginning was quite wonderful where we are introduced to the widowed Meg and her new swain Geoffrey. Allingham in a little note be Leggi tutto
This is a thriller, not a detective novel, and a superb one. The holding back of one star is because I deem the thriller genre, defined as a tale focused primarily on danger and pursuit, to be inherently limited. Tiger boasts, however, a nugget of theological drama which, if it had been integrated i Leggi tutto
This is the fourteenth novel in the Albert Campion series and was published in 1952. The book begins with Meg Elginbrodde and Geoffrey Levett in a taxi. Levett is a wealthy businessman, used to getting what he wants and he is desperately in love with Meg and intends to marry her. The problem is that Leggi tutto
I find this a hard book to review cause it didn't impact me one way or another. It says it is an Albert Campion mystery, but he was pretty nonexistent for the whole book. The mystery seemed to solve itself. For a book of this size, there certainly were an awful lot of people to meet. Having never re Leggi tutto
This review contains minor spoilers. Reputed to be one of Margery Allingham’s finest novels, The Tiger in the Smoke is an intelligent crime and detection novel set in a unique period of time – just a few years after World War II; a time when poor people were still very poor and had a rough life, when Leggi tutto
From the very first, this book gripped me. Margery Allingham discloses a mystery right from page two when Meg and her fiance are presented with a dilemma. Meg's first husband, Major Elginbrodde, thought to have died during the war, has suddenly resurfaced, just days before Meg's wedding. Thankfully M Leggi tutto
I had largely forgotten this masterpiece, which seems extraordinary in this moment, when I have just finished it and am still caught in its thrall. Allingham was forever probing the boundaries of the mystery genre, and in The Tiger in the Smoke she threw out the rules entirely. There is no mystery h Leggi tutto
A good story but more a thriller than detective story. Jack Havoc is a psychopath with a fixation on the code he lives by or the science of luck. Very atmospheric with the fog of London. The story starts with Megs husband apparently back from the dead. Jack Havoc escapes from prison. A gang of misfi Leggi tutto
London is enveloped by an almost apocalyptic smog that obscures everything, both physically and figuratively speaking. A murderer is wandering the streets, searching for a way to a treasure. Albert Campion is called to help on the case, but he doesn't really do much detective work, appearing instead Leggi tutto
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