The Beast Must Die

The Beast Must Die

by Nicholas Blake

Frank Cairnes, a popular detective writer who now embarks on a real-life crime of his own, determined to hunt down the runaway motorist who killed his small son Martin.

  • Series: Nigel Strangeways
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 3.84
  • Pages: 260
  • Publish Date: April 9th 1999 by Pan Classic Crime
  • Isbn10: 0330373218
  • Isbn13: 9780330373210

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The book starts off with the diary of Frank, who addressing the reader tells us that he is going to kill the man who ran over his son.

Published in 1938 and picked by the Observer as one of the 1,000 novels everyone should read, this is the fourth in the Nigel Strangeway series, following on from A Question of Proof, Thou Shell of Death and There's Trouble Brewing. It is a stand alone mystery, although characters from previous books do appear, or are mentioned; Inspector Blount was first in "Thou Shell of Death" (in which novel Strangeways also meets his wife Georgia) and a mutual friend of the main character, Frank Cairns, and Nigel Strangeways, Michael Evans (from "A Question of Proof") also merits a mention.

Sono le prime parole del diario di Felix Lane: suo figlio è stato ucciso da un pirata della strada che la polizia non è riuscita ad identificare e che ha smesso di cercare, ma lui ha sete di vendetta. Oltre alla forza della disperazione, Felix ha dalla sua il fatto di essere uno scrittore di gialli; inizia così ad indagare per conto proprio, fino ad arrivare ad un possibile colpevole che verrà rinvenuto morto ammazzato.

Si Borges y la colección no son suficiente motivo para lanzarse a su lectura, considero que lo será el primer momento de esta historia: Voy a matar a un hombre.

Great book, but sadly out of print in the U.S. I'm going to look for the other Nigel Strangeways mysteries.

Respected crime writer Frank Cairns is plotting the perfect murder of George Rattery, the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists he has been framed. The Nigel Strangeways Mysteries, are one of the classic mystery series dating back to the 1930's through to the authors death.

No me atrevía a leerlo porque, educada en colegio católico, se me había enseñado que "la bestia" era en realidad código para decir EL DIABLO y si tan solo me permitía pensar en él... O sea, hasta la portada me daba miedo (tenía una pezuña satánica) (o al menos así lo recuerdo). y aún así reconozco que me dio miedo abrir el temido libro, jajaja. Pero no pasó mucho antes de que me diera cuenta de que la tal bestia no era sino un hombre... Y que, bueno, toda la historia era nada que ver a como me la había imaginado. Además, y como dato freak, el autor es el papá de Daniel Day-Lewis, uno de los actores MÁS GUAPOS DE LA HISTORIA DE LA HUMANIDAD. Si algo tiene que ver con esto (no, pero igual tenía que decirlo, jejeje). Se llama Cecil Day-Lewis, el señor, y Nicholas Blake es su seudónimo, el que me parece muy estiloso y bonito. La casa está como antes, y por qué no? Por supuesto, la casa está igual, salvo que no hay vida en ella. Veo que han puesto una señal de peligro en la curva: demasiado tarde, como de costumbre. Era la llave del armario de los juguetes de Martie. Hacía falta algo que me mantuviera abierta la herida: esos juguetes son un recuerdo más punzante que la tumba en el cementerio, no me dejarán dormir, serán la muerte de alguien. Alguien con quien pelearse; ustedes, los hombres que viven demasiado solos, prefieren pensar que se bastan a sí mismo, viviendo a fuerza de nervios.

Con giros claves pero con una escritura lineal, me recuerda al estilo de "Mi Angel Tiene Alas Negras".

He was the son of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day-Lewis and his wife Kathleen (nee Squires). He continued the Strangeways series, which finally totalled 16 novels ending with 'The Morning After Death' in 1966. He continued to write poetry and became Poet Laureate in 1968, a post he held until his death in 1972.