By Robert Graves
THEY HANGED MY SAINTLY BILLY is set William Palmer, a general practitioner and racehorse proprietor, thief and philanderer. yet used to be he a poisoner?
Using interviews with Palmer's associates and enemies, in addition to trial transcripts, Graves' novel has the entire immediacy and fervour of latest existence. Palmer's salty lifestyles and infamous loss of life make compelling reading.
"My novel is filled with intercourse, drink, incest, suicides, dope, horseracing, homicide, scandalous felony process, cross-examinations, inquests and ends with a very good public hanging--attended by way of 30,000.... no one can now name me a really good writer."--Robert Graves
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Månsson in Malmö for example. 6 'I've met a lot of gorillas in my day,' Per Månsson said. ' They were sitting on Månsson's balcony overlooking Regementsgatan, enjoying a lovely day. Martin Beck had taken the bus to Malmö, mostly for the fun of it and so he could say that he had actually travelled the stretch that Sigbrit Mård apparently had not. He had also tried to question the bus driver, to no avail, since the man was a substitute and had not been driving on the day in question. Månsson was a large, leisurely man, who took life easy and was seldom guilty of an overstatement.
They Hanged My Saintly Billy by Robert Graves