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Police superintendent Percy Trethowan found London’s Soho as colourful and full of life as every—except for the four corpses in a seedy photography studio. Shot doing a layout for Bodies, a soft-porn “health and fitness” magazine, the photographer, his assistant, and two models had left a camera loaded with film but no clues. Then one victim’s obsession with pumping iron sent Trethowan into the erotic world of body-building, where an out-of-shape policeman would learn that building biceps isbeautiful and the temptation to star in the buff in the bluest of movies could really be murder.

About Robert Barnard

Robert Barnard (1936 - 2013) lived in Leeds, was born in Essex and educated at Balliol. He had a distinguished career as an academic before he became a full-time writer. His first crime novel, Death of an Old Goat, was written while he was professor of English at the University of Tromso in Norway, the worlds most northerly university. He was a writer of great versatility, from the light and satirical tone of his earlier books to the more psychological preoccupations of recent ones, such as A Fatal Attachment. Under the name of Bernard Bastable he also wrote novels featuring Mozart as a detective, and is the author of many short stories. He created several detectives, including Perry Trethowan and Charlie Peace. Robert Barnard said he wrote only to entertain. He regarded Agatha Christie as his ideal crime writer and published an appreciation of her work, A Talent to Deceive, as well as books on Dickens, a history of English literature and nearly thirty mysteries. Robert Barnard was the winner of the 2003 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for a lifetime of achievement.

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Books by Robert Barnard

The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Missing Bronte
The Missing Bronte
Death in Purple Prose
Death in Purple Prose
Death of an Old Goat
Death of an Old Goat
A Fatal Attachment
A Fatal Attachment
The Bones in the Attic
The Bones in the Attic
Out of the Blackout
Out of the Blackout
Unruly Son
Unruly Son
Blood Brotherhood
Blood Brotherhood
A Scandal in Belgravia
A Scandal in Belgravia
A City of Strangers
A City of Strangers
At Death's Door
At Death's Door
A Hovering of Vultures
A Hovering of Vultures
The Skeleton in the Grass
The Skeleton in the Grass
Political Suicide
Political Suicide
The Disposal of the Living
The Disposal of the Living
A Corpse in a Gilded Cage
A Corpse in a Gilded Cage
Little Victims
Little Victims
Mother's Boys
Mother's Boys
Death and the Princess
Death and the Princess
Death on the High C's
Death on the High C's
A Little Local Murder
A Little Local Murder
Unholy Dying
Unholy Dying
Touched by the Dead
Touched by the Dead
The Masters of the House
The Masters of the House
Death and the Chaste Apprentice
Death and the Chaste Apprentice
The Bad Samaritan
The Bad Samaritan
No Place of Safety
No Place of Safety
The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
Death in a Cold Climate
Death in a Cold Climate
Posthumous Papers
Posthumous Papers

Books in the Series

The Missing Bronte
The Missing Bronte
Death in Purple Prose
Death in Purple Prose
Death and the Princess
Death and the Princess