A Penknife in My Heart by Nicholas Blake

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First published in 1958, A Penknife in My Heart tells the story of how two men - total strangers - establish the perfect alibis by arranging to switch victims. Ned Stowe will kill Stuart Hammer's wealthy uncle for which service Hammer is to eliminate Stowe's neurotic wife, Helena. The men plot and the plan - with its horrifyingly simple premise - is solidified...

'More convincing, more detailedly thought-through than Highsmith's [Strangers on a Train].' - The New York Times

About Nicholas Blake

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Nicholas Blake is the pseudonym for C. Day Lewis CBE, who was Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972, aged sixty-eight.C. Day Lewis had an illustrious career both as an academic and as a literary figure, producing many collections of poetry, critical works, translations and novels under his own name.However for his twenty detective novels, and his crime short stories, he adopted the pen name of Blake. His central character in most of the novels was the cultivated amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways.C. Day Lewis married his second wife, the actress Jill Balcon, in 1951. He had four children, one of whom is the actor Daniel Day Lewis.
Published July 16, 2012 by Bloomsbury Reader. 375 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The meeting of Ned Stowe and Stuart Hammer results in tight plans for murder: Stowe to do in Hammer's uncle, and Hammer to kill Stowe's wife.

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