Campion receives an enigmatic anonymous letter alerting him to the death of a old schoolmate, nicknamed "The Pig" who bullied and hazed him when he was younger. Three months later he is recruited by Sir Leo Pursuivant to help him investigate the murder of a man who was planning an unpopular development project in the area. Someone evidently pushed a heavy concrete urn from an upper balcony which fell onto his head. The corpse looks like "The Pig" or a close relative, but the investigation is thwarted when the body mysteriously disappears. Written by
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Originally published in 1937, the original novel is the only one in the series that is told from Campion's point of view. See more
[reading from a letter
"Why should he die? There are thousands more fitting than he for the journey. 'Peters. Pietro, Piero, come,' saith the angel. Why should the mole move backwards?" Some religious nut, innit?
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