A Coin for the Hangman
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When browsing through a collection of old books, a bookseller finds leather straps and a hood and quickly realises they are the tools of a hangman. Also in the collection is a diary, the final words of a man sentenced to die for murder. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose?


Ralph Spurrier is a bookseller who specialises in crime fiction. He began in the sales sector of the book trade, going from Foyles to MacMillan to Victor Gollancz, before starting Post Mortem Books, which specialises in the sale of crime fiction. He studied for his MA in creative writing at Sussex University.


“A fiendishly clever plot set in the aftermath of World War II. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Minette Walters
"A Compelling book, superbly plotted." Peter Lovesey
"Twists devastatingly between history, places, people and death." CM Thompson

Walter Scott Prize - recommended
Waverton Good Read Award - Long List