Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Odd Man Out


William Dougal is on the high road to respectability: he is a responsible father and he is holding down a job. This happy state of affairs suffers a rude setback, though, when he kills a man during a squabble. The killing may have been unpremeditated, but for a number of pressing reasons Dougal has no intention of going to the police; instead he is left with the task of disposing of a large, unwieldy body, currently lying on the floor of his girlfriend Celia's house.

A moment later, seemingly fortuitously, his old rival and current employer Hanbury arrives, a man uniquely qualified to assist with this sort of problem. Indeed, Hanbury is delighted to help a friend in need, but as always there is a price - a price, as Dougal is to discover, higher - and more dangerous than expected.

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