I spotted today that the Folio Society, the UK publisher of quality editions of classic books, has produced an edition of Margery Allingham’s London noir The Tiger in the Smoke (1952).
Tiger makes the CWA top 100, and ranks as one of my personal favourites (although I waver between it and 1941’s Traitor’s Purse)
The Folio edition is illustrated by Finn Campbell-Notman, who also produced the cover for Markus Zuzak’s The Book Thief.
You can read an extract from Alexander McCall Smith’s introduction on the Independent website.
While it has an intense period feel – reading it today one gets a very strong sense of England in the post-war years – the central plotline, which is that of a dangerous psychopath carrying out a series of ruthless killings while he eludes capture, has a rather modern feel to it. One gets the sense that, suitably updated, it would serve very credibly the requirements of a contemporary thriller or even a piece of Scandinavian noir.