The Year that Crime Paid


This novella, subtitled ‘Escapades of a Singular Thief’, is, as I assured some early readers, purely a product of my imagination and in no way based on any delinquency of my own – apart from the shoplifting anecdote at the age of thirteen!

~ When lowly civil servant Ben Anscomb’s luck deserts him, he opts for a walk on the lawless side of life. Jobless and wifeless, he draws up his very own Theft Chart and sets about earning his living through a series of systematically planned felonies. Confident in his ability to avoid the cock-ups of the commonplace crook, he proves to be a singular thief. An amusing and instructive tale of criminal capers in which the question, ‘Does crime pay?’ is finally and all but conclusively answered.

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