The Chalon Heads by Barry Maitland
A Kathy and Brock Mystery

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When Brock and Kathy are summoned to Cabot's, a venerable dealer in stamps, they expect a simple case of theft. But the story they confront is far different. East-Ender Sammy Starling, aka Sammy China, an ex-crook from Brock's past, is in eep trouble and has asked for Brock's help: his pretty young wife has been kidnapped, and the strange thing is that the ransom notes are decorated with the rare and valuable Chalon Head stamp of the young Queen Victoria - to whom his wife bears a striking resemblance. But how can Kathy and Brock believe anything Sammy says?

About Barry Maitland

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Barry Maitland is the author of several previous novels featuring D.C.I David Brock and Det. Sgt. Kathy Kolla. Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia. His work has been a finalist for the Barry Award, the John Creasey Award, and the winner of the Ned Kelley Award.
Published August 8, 2001 by Arcade Publishing. 326 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The ransom for Eva turns out to be an auction lot consisting of a single stamp depicting the young Queen Victoria, a stamp that may well fetch a million pounds when Cabot’s, the dealer handling the sale, puts it on the block.

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(The dust jacket, depicting a stamped envelope of Victorian vintage, is sure to draw stamp collectors.) Sammy, who was a key witness in a police scandal several years earlier, receives ransom notes with rare Chalon Head stamps glued on the pages and hence made worthless.

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