Mist on the Saltings
is a superb
writer—but, in this offering, less successful with detection and
clueing. The setting (Norfolk
village, and bleak landscape, echoing the characters’ emotions of gloom
soulless lust), the socio-economic picture of interwar Britain,
the classic situation of adultery, suspicion and jealousy are all
worthy of a
straight novel. The murder of the
adulterous novelist comes late, with the detection an after-thought,
old ground, and the murderer’s identity handed to the police on a
“borrowed heavily” from this book for The
Beast Must Die.
the Henry Wade Page.
Grandest Game in the World.