The Man in the Cape (H.C. Bailey)

By H.C. Bailey

First published: UK, Ernest Benn, October 1933

My review

Probably the worst Bailey.  The plot is thin, the style mannered to the point of being unreadable, and the detective (Augustus Damory) is a murderous megalomaniac who makes Reggie look humble and Clunk trustworthy.

Contemporary reviews

Times Literary Supplement (2nd November 1933):

This is a distinctly individual book.  It is dominated by Augustus Damory, an odd figure yet oddly credible, with his black cape and high-falutin talk.  He begins by slightly irritating, but ends by subduing the reader.  The other characters are shadowy, the mystery is scarcely preserved at all.  But the manner of the narrative is quite out of the ordinary and the book cannot be put down: the telling is exceedingly compact and direct, and the reader is carried through the tale in a single breath.