Death's Bright Angel - Janet NeelLondon: Constable, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the bottom corner of the lower panel. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “ Hammer, Standard claw type. No prints. As the man from Forensic describes the murder weapon, Detective Inspector John McLeish and Sergeant Bruce Davidson from a London CID squad survey the savagely battered body of William Fireman, Purchasing Manager of Britex Fabrics, Towneley, Yorkshire.
Other people in London are interested in Britex fabrics, but for a quite different reason. The Industrial Development Unit, which can sometimes help rescue ailing industries, is concerned about reports that the firm has been losing money steadily and that 1400 jobs are on the line. Bright, tough and attractive Francesca Wilson, who works in Whitehall, is part of the team monitoring this industrial disaster even as McLeish sets about investigating its Purchasing Manager’s death. What, for instance, was he doing in London in the first place?
Janet Neel’s exciting and stylish first novel of suspense brings together very different worlds: the routine grind of a London police station, the discreet manoeuvring of Whitehall, the excitement of concerts with Francesca’s musical family, the in-fighting of meetings where much is at stake. And as Francesca, moving between these worlds, finds herself attracted to not one but two of those involved with the case, the tension mounts to its deadly finale.”