Michael Gilbert

Michael Francis Gilbert was born in Billinghay, Lincolnshire. After leaving school he decided to read law but due to lack of funds he had to teach at a preparatory school in Salisbury, while studying at London University. In 1938 he joined a firm of solicitors. To bring in some extra money, he had the idea to write a detective story. He was however called up at the outbreak of World War II. In 1943 he was captured by the Germans in North Africa. He managed to escape but was recaptured and sent to a P.O.W. camp in Italy. In 1943 he was released and rejoined his regiment. Soon after the war he qualified as a solicitor. In 1947 he joined the firm of Trower, Still and Keeling and shortly afterwards married one of the firm's secretaries, Roberta Mary Marsden. That year also saw the publication of his first crime novel. In 1952 he became a partner in the firm. In 1960 he became legal adviser to the Goverment of Bahrain. Although Gilbert has used a large number of different protagonists in his novels and stories, he has also created several series characters like Chief Inspector Hazlerigg of Scotland Yard. In 1983 he retired from the law.


Titles and year of publication:  

 1) Close Quarters  1947
 2) They Never Looked Inside (He Didn't Mind Danger [1949])  1948
 3) The Doors Open  1949
 4) Smallbone Deceased  1950
 5) Death Has Deep Roots  1951
 6) Death in Captivity (US Title: The Danger Within [1952])  1952
 7) Fear to Tread  1953
 8) Sky High (US Title: The Country-House Burglar [1955])  1955
 9) Be Shot for Sixpence  1956
10) Blood and Judgement  1959
11) After the Fine Weather  1963
12) The Crack in the Teacup  1966
13) The Dust and the Heat (US Title: Overdrive [1968])  1967
14) Game Without Rules (short stories)  1968
15) The Etruscan Net (US Title: The Family Tomb [1970])  1969
16) Stay of Execution (short stories)  1971
17) The Body of a Girl  1972
18) The Ninety-Second Tiger  1973
19) Amateur in Violence (short stories)  1973
20) Flash-Point  1974
21) The Night of the Twelfth  1976
22) Petrella at Q (short stories)  1977
23) The Empty House  1978
24) Death of a Favourite Girl (US Title: The Killing of Katie Steelstock [1980])  1980
25) The Final Throw (US Title: End-Game [1982])  1982
26) Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens (short stories)  1982
27) The Black Seraphim  1983
28) The Long Journey Home  1985
29) Trouble  1987
30) Young Petrella (short stories)  1988
31) Paint, Gold and Blood  1989
32) Anything for a Quiet Life (short stories)  1990
33) The Queen Against Karl Mullen  1991
34) Roller-Coaster  1993
35) Ring of Terror  1995
36) Into Battle  1997
37) Over and Out  1998