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The limited 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Peter Lovesey's first book, beautifully bound in hardcover with a foreword from internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.

London, 1879. Crowds have gathered at Islington's chilly Agricultural Hall to place their bets on who will become the next world champion in a six-day, 500-mile speedwalking race, the “wobble.” When one of the highly favored contenders dies under suspicious circumstances, Sergeant Cribb also has a race on his hands—to pursue a ruthless murderer.

Fifty years ago, Wobble to Death launched the writing career of one of the world’s greatest crime fiction writers. Since its initial publication, Peter Lovesey has written forty novels and six short story collections, and has become one of three living writers to receive both the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. There is no better place to dive into Lovesey's legendary oeuvre than with this sparkling debut.


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October 6, 2020

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Praise for Wobble to Death

“Don’t miss this for an outstanding period piece with plummy characters and a killer neatly hidden. It will be on all the best lists.”
—Dorothy B. Hughes for The Los Angeles Times
“Nobody ever invented it once again better than that.”
—James Crumley, author of The Last Good Kiss
“First prize-winner, and a worthy one. The book’s primary fascination lies in the period detail—which is excellently done—and the sheer oddity of it all.”
—Edmund Crispin for The Sunday Times

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