Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
A man dies on the operating table, and Inspector Cockrill suspects murder
As German V-1 rockets rain down on the English countryside, the men and women of the military hospitals fight to stay calm. The morning after a raid, Doctor Barnes prepares for a routine surgery to repair a postman’s broken leg. But with general anesthesia, there is always danger. Before the first incision is made, the postman turns purple. Barnes and his nurses do what they can, but the patient is dead in minutes.
The coroner calls for an inquest. Barnes has a history of lost patients, and cannot afford more trouble. Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Cockrill is unimpressed by the staff at the hospital, which he finds a nest of jealousy, indiscretion, and bitterness. One of them, doctor or nurse, murdered the postman—and it won’t be long before they kill again.
“Perhaps the last golden crown of the Golden Age detective story.” - H.R.F. Keating, author of Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books
“This is the kind of pleasure, in the traditional grand manner, that you may expect from any Christianna Brand story . . . Green For Danger is one of her trickiest.” - New York Times Book Review
“[Brand] could construct puzzles with the best of them.” - Elizabeth George, author of A Moment on the Edge
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Green for Danger is a 1946 British thriller film, based on the popular 1944 detective novel of the same name by Christianna Brand. The film was directed by Sidney Gilliat and stars Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John. The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in England. The title is a reference to the colour-coding used on anaesthetists' gas bottles.
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