Let Us Prey by Gerald Hammond
In Ladyhill Woods Jim Broxburn, the keeper, has been found dead.
If, as it appears, he accidentally jabbed himself while preparing bait for birds of prey, it could mean serious trouble for Alec Deeley, the owner of the land and chairman of the local shooting syndicate. But Broxburn was a law-abiding man, with a deep concern for all wildlife.
It is solicitor Ralph Enterkin’s task to clear Deeley’s name and resolve the uncertainty surrounding the accident. As his investigations continue Enterkin, with the help of his wife and gunsports expert Keith Calder, reveals that Broxburn was on to something, and was silenced before he could take action. But Enterkin and his associates take over where the keeper was forced to leave off, unmasking a cruel and illegal scheme run at the expense of the local landowners and wildlife alike.
Once again Gerald Hammond has combined his formidable knowledge of country lore with skilful plotting to provide us with a thoroughly entertaining read.
Born in 1926, Gerald Hammond lived in Scotland, where he retired from his profession as an architect in 1982 to pursue his love of shooting and fishing and to write full time. After his first novel, Fred in Situ, was published in 1965, Gerald became a prolific author with over 70 published novels. Most of his novels were published under his own name, but he also wrote under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.