A Shift of Guilt - John BudeLondon: Macdonald, 1956, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. A little age-toning and spotting to the edges of the text block. Blanks lightly tanned.
From the cover: “When the body of a young art student is found partly concealed under some gorse bushes on the common at Heathly Wells, Inspector Doleman has some puzzling questions to answer. Why has the girl’s hair been cropped close to her head? Why have her shoes and stockings been removed? And has the butt of a hand-rolled cigarette picked up near the scene of the crime anything to do with the murderer? Then to complicate matters, a second body is found on the same common. Once again the victim’s hair has been cut short and her shoes and stockings removed. As in John Bude’s previous novels the characters and background do much to create the atmosphere of tension and suspense that underlies the fast-moving plot. A Shift of Guilt is not only an ingenious detective story but a convincing portrait of the impact on a small town of a murder that, due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the crime, hits the headlines of the national press.”