Five and a Half Tons (Paperback)
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Five and a Half Tons - not so much film noir as seaside gris. The year is 1962, and Westerby-on-Sea is slumbering through its drab off-season. Life is quiet for J.F. Springer, Private Detective - and, though he admires Philip Marlowe and Sexton Blake, quiet is pretty much how he likes it. Called in to find a missing woman, he has high hopes of solving the case and getting paid in double-quick time. But for Springer, life is never so simple. Soon he's embroiled in an affair that involves housebreaking, missing diamonds, threats to his life, an apparent suicide, and a pigeon-fancier who suspects Springer has amorous designs on his daughter. The police take an interest, first arresting Springer, then warning him off, and finally using him as bait in a trap. To further complicate Springer's life, Jim Tarbet, the local wideboy, is determined to make Springer repay a trifling debt... Like a famous predecessor, Springer tries to be taller, but all around there are too many goons and not enough brains.

Publisher: Holland House Books
ISBN: 9781909374614
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 13 mm

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“Five and a Half Tons” by John Bayliss

This is the debut novel by John Bayliss featuring private detective Springer, who would rather no-one knew his first name, as it does not fit with the tough image he would like... More

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