I actually listened to the dramatisation from the BBC, which condenses this book down to a quite riveting hour long play. Very worth listening, but be quick, there's only a couple of days left. Thank you very much to Betty for posting about it.
Set in the 1920's, in South London, three young men set about solving a problem at work that might see them lose their jobs, during a time when that would have been a very dire proposition.
I really enjoyed this, it's quite sinister, and I can see why it's been described as having had a dramatic impact on crime writing in general (Forester being rather better known for his navy dramas than crime writing, I find that a shame). Rather than focussing on the crime, this is a psychological study of the criminal, and how he came to be.
The narration is delicious, very sinister, but quite suitably so given the narrator gives himself a role in the story, and the other voice acting is top notch. I tend to find my concentration wanders during audiobooks, but this condensed, dramatised format, is just the thing, especially when I only have an hour or two spare, rather than 8 or 14.
I'm going to dig out a copy of this in paperback though, because there was a rather delightful passage in the middle about digging into the mechanics of the psychopath, but I can't find a copy of the quote.