''For I prefer beauty always a little soured. When it comes to me as a spoonful of syrup, I spit it out.''

Gilbert Hand hasn't been the same since his wife died. He's moved to a dull but respectable hotel where silence seems to brood in the hall and stairway. In a secret drawer he discovers a long, thick hank of human hair, and his world narrows down to two people - himself and the murderer


Charlotte Jay

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Geraldine Halls

Charlotte Jay was the pseudonym of Australian mystery writer Geraldine Halls (1919-1996). One of the best and most singular authors of the suspense era, she wrote only nine books, but their unorthodoxy secured her a high place in Mystery Hall of Fame. The haunting Beat Not The Bones won the then newly created Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year in 1954. Bibliography The Knife Is Feminine 1951 Beat Not the Bones 1952 The Fugitive Eye 1953 The Yellow Turban 1955 The Man Who Walked Away (US Title: The Stepfather) 1958 Arms for Adonis 1960 A Hank of Hair 1964 The Voice of the Crab 1974 As Geraldine Halls Jay: The Feast of the Dead (US Title: The Brink of Silence) 1956

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