A government official lies dead - but awkward questions around his supposed suicide remain in Iris Murdoch’s thriller-meets-romantic comedy.

On a hot summer day, a shot rings through a Whitehall office. An official has apparently shot himself, but the circumstances are questionable - prompting Octavian Gray, head of the department, to investigate. Lawyer John Ducane is charged with leading the task, while at the same time he attempts repeatedly - and unsuccessfully - to break up with his mistress. When Ducane travels to Gray’s Dorset home everything becomes even more mysterious. Because nothing is quite as it seems.

The Booker Prize 1969
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Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin and made her writing debut with Under the Net in 1954. She wrote 26 novels and several books of philosophy.
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The Book and the Brotherhood
The Good Apprentice
The Sea The Sea
Prize winner
The Black Prince
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