The Gallows Are Waiting Author:John Creasey Jonathan Courtney arrived in the village of Walford under a very dark cloud. He had recently been tried for the murder of his wife and child. Even more upsetting to the villagers was the fact that his cottage was located near St Catherine's, a school for girls. — He had been acquitted, but many people still insisted he was guilty. Nasty, anonym... more »ous letters about him began arriving shortly after he moved into his new home. Than one of the girls from St Catherine's disappeared. Another was found - strangled. Courtney's wife and child had met the same fate. The cloud over him grew to explosive proportions.
Into this threatening situation comes Superintendent Folly. A tall man and a fat man - fat because he likes good good. A bit of a dandy, he is greedy, conceited, irrational - and brilliant. He annoys his colleagues, bullies his suspects, and has an irritating way of getting to the bottom of the thorniest cases. And the Walford case is one of the touchiest matters Folly has faced in his whole career.« less