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Written by Duncan Torrens

Is Mike Ripley in danger of becoming something of a crime-writing National Treasure? His entry in the 2009 British Crime Writing Encyclopedia certainly hinted at the prospect and his latest project might just seal the deal as he revives the career of one of the most-loved characters from the ‘Golden Age’ of English crime fiction, Albert Campion, with his completion of a novel started almost 45 years ago.

Best known for his award-winning ‘Angel’ series of comic thrillers, Ripley reviewed almost 1,000 crime novels in a twenty year span as a critic for the Sundayand Daily Telegraphs and the Birmingham Post, as well as contributing to The Times, the Guardian and numerous magazines. He now writes Shots’ monthly Getting Away With Murder column as ‘The Ripster’ from the comfort of his East Anglian estate Ripster Hall, which mysteriously does not appear on Google Earth….

Duncan Torrens: For the uninitiated, would you explain who Albert Campion was – or should that be ‘is’?

Mike Ripley: The one thing we know is that Albert Campion isn’t his real name! He was created by Margery Allingham and made his first appearance in her fiction in 1929 and she hinted at royal connect

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