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Wat wist Mr. Sampson?

Wat wist Mr. Sampson?

Auteur

Henry Cecil

Eerste Uitgave

1962

Uitgave

1984

Uitgeverij

Balans

Vorm

roman

Taal

Nederlands

Bladzijden

181 bladzijden

Gelezen

2003-11-24

Score

8/10

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Was Mr. Sampson een chanteur? Wat wist hij? Wat kon hij doen? De aantrekkelijke mevrouw Verney tobde er dag en nacht over. Tenslotte besloot ze haar buurman, een advocaat, te raadplegen. Die was ten vollen bereid zijn medewerking te verlenen, maar hij vermoedde in de verste verte niet welke gevolgen zijn speurtocht naar de waarheid ook voor hemzelf zou hebben.

Bespreking

Blackmail pays off

Is Mr.Sampson a blackmailer? What secrets does he know? What will he do with his knowledge? All these thoughts are haunting the beautiful Mrs. Verney day and night. When she cannot deal with the assaults anymore she decides to talk to her neighbor Mr. Culsworth, who is a successful lawyer. When he hears her story, he is directly and without reservations committed to put an end to this dreadful and felonious practice. Never did he suspect what the impact of his investigations would be. Not only Mrs. Verney seems to be in trouble, also her would-be savior gets in a mess without equal.

Henry Cecil was a County Court Judge for more than 25 years before he started his life as a full-time writer. This experience has made him perceptive to numerous absurd contradictions in the British legal system. In Unlawful Occasions, written in 1962, he paints with quite some pungent sense of humor the life of a professional blackmailer. Unlawful Occasions is in a sense a detective story, but without any dead bodies. This does not mean that there are no skeletons in the closet, on the contrary.

The strongest point in the book is the unpredictable twist of plot in the end. Combined with the comic genius of Cecil, it makes this book a real treat.