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359 pages; Fine condition. No creases. Solid, clean. Dickens and Trollope admired and learned from Collin's complex mysteries; T. S. Eliot and Swinburne found them worthy of serious criticism; the modern detective and popular thriller remain in Collin's debt. This is the first full-length puzzle-romance. Here Collins broke away from his youthful style to experiment with refine those techniques of plot construction and surging narrative which he was to employ the next decade in his famous novels. Trade Paperback.