Death Of An Old Goat
Collins Crime Club, U.K. 1974. First Edition, Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. ‘All universities are subject to the hazard of being sent up in no uncertain fashion by past or present alumni, or even teachers, and it is high time Australian universities took a turn. And where better to start than with the University of Drummondale, situated somewhere between Sydney and Brisbane, and unenthusiastically preparing to welcome a Distinguished Guest? Drummondale was not one of Australia's most distinguished seats of learning, but then Professor Belville-Smith was hardly one of England's most distinguished exports. Nevertheless, he came, he saw, he lectured (on Mrs Gaskell and Jane Austen) — and within a few hours was found violently and mysteriously dead. Who could have reason to kill the new arrival? Inspector Royle reluctantly accepted that he must find out, or at least go through the motions, and that this was one case in which the palm-greasing to which he was accustomed was unlikely to occur. In a short time Belville-Smith had met an astonishing number of people, thanks to his attendance at a party where the University English Department and representatives of the local grazing community had fraternized uneasily. So far as the academics were concerned, Royle was out of his element — until Fate presented him with an aide. So far as the grazing community was concerned, he was out of his depth, though he tiptoed heavily among them; it was not for a good cop to investigate the rich and influential — unless they were up to something very odd indeed. Robert Barnard's first novel is a hilarious send-up of university life 'down under', and undoubtedly owes something to the six years he spent at an Australian university, which he says bears a passing resemblance to Drummondale though the staff are completely distinct. He evidently found it a rewarding experience — not least because it brought him an Australian wife.’ Book - [SEE SCAN] - in Fine [much better than Very Good] bright red boards with gilt lettering - light bumping to the extreme bottom of the spine. Contents, faint speckling to the extreme page edges. Dust Jacket - [SEE SCAN] - Very Good - a nice bright jacket - small closed tears and light wear to the extreme corners and extreme ends of the spine, price clipped. An Attractive Of The Author's First Book. Size: 8 inches tall by 5 inches. 190 pages. Shipped Weight: 201-750 grams. Category: Fiction; Crime Fiction. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 999138.
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