|About the Book|
Playing outside, a young boy, Jack, witnesses a brutal murder.A man is beaten in the head with a sledge-hammer and then run over.He faints and is soon discovered near the victim.Robbie Duncan, a private detective, realizes that Jack is a key witness.MorePlaying outside, a young boy, Jack, witnesses a brutal murder.A man is beaten in the head with a sledge-hammer and then run over.He faints and is soon discovered near the victim.Robbie Duncan, a private detective, realizes that Jack is a key witness.And more evidence is thrown up when a watch is found by the body.Duncan immediately starts investigating, but before long he finds one of the suspects dead.Did the watch belong to him?And if so, why was he killed?Just as Duncan feels he is getting closer to cracking the case, another dead body turns up…Can Robbie find the killer before they can get to Jack?Should he enlist the help of the police, or someone more sinister…?After all, there could be truth in the saying It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief…‘It Takes a Thief’ was originally published in the UK as ‘The Opera House Murders’. Picked up by T S Eliot while he was working at Faber and Faber, it was a best-seller both in the UK and the US.‘packed with action and murder and … one of the fastest-moving adventures we have ever read’ – The Sunday Times‘A sure fire thriller, with enough corpses to satisfy Boris Karloff’ – Kirkus ReviewsDan Billany (1913 – 1943) joined the East Yorkshire Regiment during the Second World War and throughout the war he concentrated on his writing. After the capitulation of Italy in September 1943, Billany fled to the countryside with his manuscripts, working on them for weeks while hiding from the German army. He started a follow up to ‘It Takes a Thief’ but he died before he could complete it. He is also the author of ‘The Trap’.Endeavour press is the UK’s leading independent digital publisher.