The Steam Pig by James McClure
New York : Harper & Row, 1971. First American edition, first printing. Stated. Hardcover. 247 pages ; 22 cm. $5.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Lean to spine. Quarter blue and 3/4 light blue cover boards with red title on spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
From the Dust Jacket :
THE STEAM PIG BY JAMES McCLURE
The Steam Pig won the British Crime Writers' Gold Dagger for Best of Year.
STANLEY ELLIN says: "James McClure does not superimpose his crime story against the South African background, he extracts the narrative from it. The Steam Pig is a completely engrossing, entirely revealing book from start to finish."
E. J. KAHN, JR., says: "Not only a crackling suspense story, but for anyone familiar with South Africa a singularly evocative reminder of that strange and fascinating place."
The Financial Times of London says: "The first thriller by a writer of great skill and humanity."
The London Times Literary Supplement says: "This is James McClure's first thriller and first class for pace, originality, and nastiness. Any white fool In South Africa could enjoy it and see nothing subversive In it."
The startling beauty of the remains did not distress the undertaker, Mr. Abbott. His eyes felt none of the chill of the taut white skin. But, when he got to the toes, and found the name-tag there, he was deeply distressed. He had thought he had been working on Elizabeth Bowers, but there was some mistake—the body was not Elizabeth Bowers' but Theresa le Roux's.
"Some bastard's going to pay for this, you have my word for it," said Dr. Strydom, the district surgeon.
It turned out to be a case for Lieutenant Kramer of the Murder Squad and his Zulu assistant, Sergeant Zondl.
Kramer reported it. "Kramer here, Just back from Abbott's place. White female le Roux definitely murdered. Stab wounds. Suspect Bantu intruder."
Slowly the investigation found out things about Miss le Roux. She had been an ideal tenant, had kept herself much to herself, which was odd in a young girl, but then truly artistic people...
She had her own entrance from the lane. She was a music teacher.
And there was a man named Shoe Shoe.
"You can read this remarkable novel In two ways: as a detective story or as a shrewder portrait of South Africa than many a work of nonfiction." —Oxford Mall
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