Press Release: Traitor’s Purse
Introduced by A. S. Byatt
Illustrated by James Boswell
‘The Dickens of detective writing’
JAKE KERRIDGE, Telegraph
The Folio Society is proud to publish its illustrated edition of Traitor’s Purse, A. S. Byatt’s ‘favourite detective story’. With its psychological insight, ingenious plot and overarching mood of suspense, this superb thriller sees Allingham’s beloved gentleman detective, Albert Campion, trapped within a living nightmare. Waking in a dark and empty hospital ward, Campion is hit by two appalling realisations: he has lost all memory of his own identity and his life so far; and he alone must avert an enormous, impending disaster whose nebulous terrors fill him with a sense of urgency.
Written in 1940 and set during the ongoing war, the story pivots upon a simple but devastating criminal enterprise. Campion must uncover it by increments, all the while hiding his amnesia – risking the loss of the woman he adores – and avoiding capture both by the police and the very enemies he pursues. Slowly he understands that the preservation of the nation itself depends upon him. Allingham evokes both the strength of wartime patriotism and the workings of ancient English institutions, gently satirising the latter with her idiosyncratic characters.
This edition is introduced by A. S. Byatt, who writes that it ‘has the most amazing plot of any thriller I know’. James Boswell’s disorienting illustrations convey both the frustration and the drama of Campion’s predicament.
Also available by Margery Allingham
The Tiger in the Smoke
An Albert Campion mystery
Bound in paper, printed with a design by James Boswell. Set in Utopia with Victoria Titling display. 224 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations. 9˝ × 5¾˝.
UK £29.95 US $56.95 Can $64.95 Aus $65.95
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