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The Detective Wore Silk Drawers [Large Print] [Paperback]

Peter Lovesey


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May 2000 Thorndike General
Sergeant Cribb is up against a gang of ruthless 19th-century criminals promoting the illegal sport a bare-knuckle boxing. Cribb sends in Constable Jago, the police boxing champion, undercover to the gang's secret training centre. Cribb must think on his feet in the final rounds of this mystery.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786224266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786224265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 372 g

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Subject - Interesting Times Sept. 6 2001
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I am very glad to have found Peter Lovesey. This is the second book in his Victorian series starring Sergeant Cribb and the long suffering Constable Thackery. Mr. Lovesey recreates the Victorian atmosphere very accurately. And this is a new form of English cozy crime. Mr. Lovesey seems to want to delve into the Victorian sports era. This particular book is about "knuckle fighting" without the mittens as they call it. There was a huge following of this sport in England at this time despite the fact that even watching was illegal. We get right into the whole area and learn all about the clothes, the gear and the lingo. On top of that it's a cracking good thriller. I certainly intend to read more in this series. I am thourougly enjoying it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Lovesey July 19 2010
By Bruce Macbain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The second of Peter Lovesey's Victorian mysteries (now reissued) plunges Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackery into the underworld of bare-knuckled pugilism. In 1880, fighting with "the raw `uns" has been outlawed in England for a decade, yet matches in out-of-the-way locales still draw huge crowds. When the headless body of a man with scarred knuckles washes up on the Thames Embankment, Cribb recruits a young policeman, Henry Jago, to pose as one of these midnight pugilists. But young Henry, good-looking, fit, earnest and callow, is no match for the seductive, sadistic Mrs. Vibart, who manages a stable of brutal fighters on her estate. And when Mrs. V. is herself found brutally murdered in her bed, the evidence points to, of all people, Henry. Will Sergeant Cribb crack the case--and hopefully before the unfortunate Henry is beaten senseless in the ring? Read on.

Like all the Sergeant Cribb mysteries, this one is deftly plotted, lightly ironic, and full of the color of Victorian sport.
5.0 out of 5 stars A PUGILISTIC PISTOL OF A POLICE PROCEDURAL Aug. 9 2010
By Scot Bedford - Published on Amazon.com
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When a headless corpse is found floating in the River Thames in Victorian England it is up to Sergeant Cribb( of the agile mind and bushy side burns) and his hale and hearty sidekick, Thackery, to get to the bottom of the murder most foul. Although fighting under the LONDON PRIZE RING-RULES (bare knuckled, no rounds, spiked shoes for stomping, throws o.k. ) has been outlawed for twenty years Cribb taps into an underground bare knuckle fighting ring. They recruit the young, handsome, and jacked rookie constable Jago, to go under-cover and train as a bare knuckled boxer. Well the police procedural gallops along at a furious pace. There is a beautiful young widow with a touch of evil. Bare knuckled fights are staged surreptitiously. All together it makes for a worthwhile read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, enjoyable old time detective mystery. July 10 2014
By Robyne Hingeley - Published on Amazon.com
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A detective novel set in England in 1800's (I think), but very easy to read, not full of complicated language or anything. One policeman goes undercover to uncover illegal bare fisted boxing matches, followed by two other policeman posing as spectators. I enjoyed it, it is light, and at times a little slow, but there are limited characters and the plot was easy to follow and at times very exciting. I will certainly read another Peter Lovesey.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author Feb. 12 2014
By Roseann Ilstrup - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved all of Peter Lovesey's books. This is different than his new series about Peter Diamond. Which I like much better but Sergeant Cribb is still a wonderful character.

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