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The Schoolgirl Murder Case by Colin Wilson

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New York : Crown Publishers, 1974. First edition. Hardcover. 211 pages ; 21 cm. $5.95 dust jacket. 1974 newspaper book review clipping pasted onto the front free endpaper. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.

The Schoolgirl Murder Case
a novel by Colin Wilson

Since the publication of his book THE OUTSIDER, which caused a sensation throughout England and the United States, Colin Wilson has been a most highly regarded writer. Always a masterful interpreter of the criminal mind, of the mind of the man who exists on the periphery of society, Wilson now turns to an examination of a murderer as seen through the eyes of his pursuer.

Enter Gregory Saltfleet, Chief Superintendent of the CID of Scotland Yard, an intrepid detective confronted with a bizarre and horrifying murder, that of a young schoolgirl brutally raped and strangled. Immediately one particularly unsavory fact comes to light: the girl was no "girl" at all but a prostitute catering to the unusual fetishes of her client, dressed to beguile him with the allure of false Innocence.

As the suspense mounts, Colin Wilson's compelling narrative pulls the reader along into an eerie world peopled with devotees of black magic and the occult, witchcraft and ritual murder. When another body is uncovered, that of a man known for his love of mysticism and perversion, Saltfleet doggedly follows the trail through a confusing list of suspects: the reclusive head of a group whose aim is the exploration of the hidden powers of the mind ; a member of a forbidden sect that worships Hitler; a sympathetic psychic who provides a series of hair-raising clues; and two Swedish girls who obviously are shielding either the murderer or themselves.

The first in a projected series of twelve mysteries featuring the brilliant Saltfleet, THE SCHOOLGIRL MURDER CASE is a double-barreled chiller that will rivet the attention of even the most jaded fan. It is a tense and gripping tale, told with swiftness and style, by one of the most respected writers of our time.

Colin Wilson's first book, The Outsider, was a sensation that brought him international fame. Since then he has written more than forty books, including Lingard, Voyage to a Beginning, The Philosopher's Stone, and Ritual in the Dark.