Detective Inspector Derek Torry of Scotland Yard has a reputation for brilliance and toughness. In A Complete State of Death Torry is assigned to a top-priority case involving a highly sophisticated criminal organization operating with increasing success throughout the country. Two criminals die violently as they are about to turn informer and a single name muttered in terror by one of them provides the only lead: Wexton. Torry’s is the laborious chore of checking the name against Criminal Records Office files. It is a job that leads him away from his impatiently chaste girlfriend Susan, through the complexities and perversions of other people’s lives, into a vortex or murder, drugs and depravity.
The 1973 film, The Stone Killer, starring Charles Bronson and directed by Michael Winner, was based on this book.
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Published January 1, 1969
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction.