The Black Spiders

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John Creasey
12 August 2017
Agora Books

Return to Department Z for the final time in this classic thriller from John Creasey.

Department Z’s Nigel Murray is jolted awake in the middle of the night by a disturbance on the grounds of his rural cottage in Devonshire. Two men with guns are approaching the well in his garden, and he can just make out a pair of hands, desperately clutching the well’s edge.

The men disappear, and in their place, Murray finds a woman, badly hurt but still breathing, who claims to be the kidnapped niece of a political heavyweight from the sleepy island of Canna. That same night, a murder is committed on Canna for the first time in decades.

What is happening on once-peaceful Canna? Is this woman who she claims to be? And why has she been left in Nigel Murray’s garden? Murray soon finds himself pulled into a tale of danger, conspiracy and treason…

The Black Spiders is the 28th and final book in the Department Z series, and was originally published in 1957.


Phenomenal.’ —Life Magazine

‘Mr. Creasey’s excitements follow fast upon each other.’ —Daily Telegraph

‘Action and pace have always been features of Mr. Creasey’s writing.’ —Scotsman

Racy, amusing, and up to date. Told with speed and ingenuity.’ —Morning Post

‘Mr. Creasey is a high-spirited and rambunctious narrator.’ —John o’ London’s Weekly

‘Creasey realizes that it is the principal business of thrillers to thrill.’ —Church Times

Will be remembered when most mystery stories are forgotten.’ Public Opinion

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