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Publication Order of Charles Ripley Books

Freeze Thy Blood Less Coldly (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Touch of Malice (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hard Hit (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Is a Time to Die (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil Intent (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Big Man (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portrait in Shadows (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chief Inspector Lennox Books

The Evidence I Shall Give (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Square Dance (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pool of Tears (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take Murder (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Landscape with Violence (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day of the Peppercorn Kill (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spiral Staircase (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tenth Interview (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Very Parochial Murder (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Inspector Lyle Books

Brainwash (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duty Elsewhere (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dominoes (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Wasn't There (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hangman's Lane (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lewis Books

Edge of Extinction (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in a Sleeping City (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sullivan Books

Kill The Girls And Make Them Cry (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coppers Don't Cry (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Ralph Flensing Books

Their Evil Ways (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ride (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Gillant Books

Ten steps to the gallows (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crystallised Carbon Pig (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Requiem for a Loser (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Class Kill (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ripple of Murders (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Robert Blayde Books

All on a Summer's Day (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Urge for Justice (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blayde, R.I.P. (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Big Tickle (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prynter's Devil (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Tickle (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pig Got Up and Slowly Walked Away (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Davis Doesn’t Live Here Any More (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Buccaneer (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dig the Grave and Let Him Lie (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My God How the Money Rolls In (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Word You Should Have Seen Us (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pride of Pigs (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The devil you don't (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cause for a Killing (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who Goes Next? (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Acquittal (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bastard (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walther P. 38 (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Nest of Rats (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jury People (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thief of Time (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reluctant Sleeper (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home is the Hunter and The Big Kayo (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Venus Fly Trap (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eye of the Beholder (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Kill of Small Consequence (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tension (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anatomy of a Riot (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Distaff Factor (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heroes No More (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cul-de-Sac (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forest (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clouds of Guilt (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Through the Night (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forgotten Murders (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blind Brag (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sabbath Morn (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Life and Times of Christmas Calvert-- Assassin (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Story (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Shall I Be a Policeman? (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Discovering Lapidary Work (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guard Your Castle (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tail End Charlie (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wainwright's Beat (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Wainwright
Author John William Wainwright, born February 25, 1921 in an area of inner-city south Leeds, called Hunslet. He left school at the age of fifteen to serve as a rear gunner during World War II, after which he was a policeman in Yorkshire.

He joined the West Riding Constabulary as a Police Constable. During his service as a police officer, he went back to studying during his spare time, earning a law degree in 1956.

In the year 1965, he attempted writing a crime novel which was later accepted by the editor of Collins Crime Club, named George Hardinge, and the novel was published as “Death in a Sleeping City”. The very next year, he quit the police force and started writing full-time. In the year 1968, Hardinge became the senior editor at Macmillan Publishers, and took Wainwright’s contract along with him.

His work is from the mystery genre, and sometimes he wrote under the pen name of “Jack Ripley”, publishing four books under this name. He also wrote seven radio plays, short stories (which are mostly uncollected in book format), some non-fiction books, and an indefinite number of newspaper columns and magazine articles.

John cited Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler, and Ed McBain as his favorite writers.

He also was a passionate swing music and traditional jazz fan, and some of his books have strong jazz backgrounds, especially in his black comedy called “Do Nothin’ till You Hear from Me”.

The movies “Garde a vue” and “Under Suspicion” are both based off of “Brainwash”, one of John’s most popular novels.

He died at the age of 74 on September 19, 1995 in Blackpool just a few months after “The Life and Times of Christmas Calvert… Assassin”, his final novel, was released.

Since he led a private life, almost never giving interviews and rarely appeared in public, as he enjoyed a steady if not quite great success during his lifetime. As a result, his name is close to forgotten these days, with his death having gone entirely unrecorded by reference books and newspapers until the year 2003. In total, he wrote 83 books, fiction and non-fiction.

“The Worms Must Wait” is the second novel in the “Charles Ripley” series and was released in the year 1967. It was a dead guy, encased within one stalagmite, the petrifying effect of the dripping water held him inside an unyielding and opaque capsule of his own. It gave him a thin icicle-like beard that bridged his chest to chin and a semi-transparent and dark green dunce cap.

Pot-holers found the corpse in a Yorkshire cave. In this strange and colorful setting Superintendent Ripley of the Beechwood Brook Division sets his Murder Headquarters up. The huge resources and cadres of a Northern Police Division are depicted in all of the details of their motivations and activities.

Ripley, who is a cop that’s investigated other crimes, here meets a situation which is gruesome itself, and which isn’t made any easier for him by the involvement of individuals to him in his private life. Superintendent Collins from Hallsworth Hill, his friend, comes to his aid.

“An Urge for Justice” is the second novel in the “Superintendent Robert Blayde” series and was released in the year 1981. In a tiny village in the north of England, an old woman is savagely hanged with some piano wire, and a detective’s search for the murderer reveals, instead, the shocking double—even triple—identity of the victim. Now, the murdered impostor and assassin, linked by horrors long buried with the ashes from the second world war, present one agonizing dilemma in the present day: isn’t punishment the one that fits the crime?

Read on as present and past wickedness is revealed. Dark ghosts continue to haunt the book until the last pages, where there is a horrible and astonishing truth getting brought to light.

This novel is possibly John’s most psychologically brilliant and gripping novel, and proves that John is one of the very best and the master of the police procedural.

“Hangman’s Lane” is the fifth novel in the “Inspector Lyle” series and was released in the year 1992. A cop is suspected of killing his wife. Constable Alex Wardle, while on patrol in a Yorkshire village locates the body of his wife, Tabitha. Her chest was blown away by a shotgun, and she was known to be a nymphomaniac. Even Wardle’s daughter believes he alone had a motive to murder her. So she tells inspector Lyle, who was brought into help with the investigation.

Held back by the sloppy police work and officers’ belief that “no one in Gauntley is even capable of murder”, Lyle interviews some of Tabitha’s potential partners, however he senses the gaps between the few facts of the case are where he is going to locate the killer.

“The Life and Times of Christmas Calvert… Assassin” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1995. It wasn’t that Christmas Calvert enjoyed killing people, he was just incredibly good at it. He is a crack shot, and possessed an unnatural ability to distance himself from his actions and shut down his emotion when he ‘vanished’ his targets.

Calvert’s exceptional shooting abilities brought him to Colonel Dansey’s attention, and when one RAF doctor classified him as ‘remarkably amoral’, Dansey was left without any doubt that he’d found a new recruit for his Button Squad. One elite team of highly trained murderers, The Squad were all RAF personnel but just answered to Dansey and Sergeant Pollard, his second-in-command.

During the early years of World War II, once Calvert joined up in their ranks, the muddier realms of military intelligence sometimes had the reason to call on Dansey’s team for some discreet murdering. Calvert quickly distinguishes himself as a highly reliable ‘vanisher’. Murder quickly takes its toll, even for a natural born killer such as Calvert. Now, fifty years have gone by, and Calvert is an old man, weary with the world’s ways. A guy that has seen much too much deception and too much death.

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