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. Somewone evidently pushed a heavy concrete urn from an upper balcony which fell onto his head. TRhe 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? He was so young. There are thousands more fitting for the journey. 'Peters, Peters,' saith the angel. 'Peters. Pietro, Piero, come,' saith the angel.
[continuing to read
'Peters. Pietro, Piero, come,' saith the angel. Why? Why should he follow him? He that was so strong, so unprepared; why should he die? The roots are red in the earth and the century creepeth on its way. Why should the mole move backwards? It is not yet eleven.
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