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A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

When the Russian Royal Family Jewels are put on display at Orbin’s department store in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, Mr Rossiter Payne can’t resist a present to himself. An inconspicuous London bookseller by day, an experienced jewel thief by night - can he pull off this latest festive heist?

©1963 Julian Symons (P)2018 Soundings

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Well, what tedium! The story was ponderous and boring. The narrator’s voice was desperately measured and articulated .... I couldn’t finish it!