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Deadline for a dream (1957)

by Bill Knox

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My least favorite Thane and Moss mystery, because it is not a mystery -- it begins with the crime --robbery with murder of a police guard --- from essentially the point of view of the killer (though not told first person) and by the second chapter we know his name and soon after just about everything --he is a young crime reporter who is working for a local paper, and he did it to support his affaire with a pretty but greedy girl. (Bill Know was himself a young crime reporter in Glasgow at the time, according to the blurb.) It ends with a desperate hand to hand fight between Thane and the killer, resulting (indirectly) in the killer's death. It is little surprising this gloomy story was popular enough to start an (on the whole) deservedly popular mystery series. ( )
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Published in the U.S. in 1961 as: In at the kill.
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Deadline for a Dream introduces Bill Knox's chief Inspector Thane and Inspector Moss of the Glasgow CID for the first time. A hold-up results in the death of a young policeman and a full scale murder hunt is launched.

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