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Monkey tricks

Short Story (1,690 words)

Archie is a cat burglar and has a way with animals. In a London flat he steals a jewel case containing a diamond necklace, but this is snatched from him by a pet chimpanzee kept in the flat, and he is obliged to follow the animal to try and get back the booty. He entices it into his car, which it damages, and takes it to his girlfriend's flat, where it does some further damage. What can he do with the animal?

This is very much in the idiom of the Minerva Club stories, comic accounts of criminal ventures going wrong, which Canning had just embarked on. See, for instance, "Twinkle, twinkle".

 

Evening News, 8 January 1962

Included in the collection Crime and Detection, edited by John Higgins, Lulu.com, 2010.