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A Different Class of Murder
A Different Class of Murder

A Different Class of Murder


432 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: February 2018

ISBN 9781788543835

Rights: US & CA

Head of Zeus (Feb 2018)

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An authoritative account of the Lucan case, which has remained etched on the psyche of a fascinated and appalled public for 40 years

On November 7, 1974, a nanny named Sandra Rivett was bludgeoned to death in a Belgravia basement. A second woman, Veronica, Countess of Lucan, was also attacked. The man named in court as perpetrator of these crimes, Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in the early hours of the following morning. The case, solved in the eyes of the law, has retained its fascination ever since. Laura Thompson, acclaimed biographer of Agatha Christie, narrates the story that led up to that cataclysmic event, and draws on her considerable forensic skills to re-examine the possible truths behind one of postwar Britain's most notorious murders. This book is a portrait of an era, of an extraordinary cast of characters, of a mystery, of a modern myth. Part social history, part detective story, it tells in masterly style of a case that has retained its fascination for decades. This is an updated edition following the death of Lady Lucan in February 2018.

Author Biography

Laura Thompson is author of Somerset Maugham Award-winning The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing, and Agatha Christie: An English Mystery. She is now filming a major ITV program on Agatha Christie.