White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll

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Paperback, 299 pages
Random House, Inc., 1982
First Vintage Books Edition, Third Printing

On the morning of January 24, 1941, the body of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll, shot through the head, was found in a car outside Nairobi near Happy Valley, the upper-class enclave of English colonials living in Kenya during World War II. In the investigation that followed an extraordinary tale of decadence and indulgence, alcohol and adultery, was revealed to public view. Eventually a suspect was brought to trial—and acquitted. The case was never solved. years later, James Fox, a reporter, spent four years retracing the evidence of the trial and interviewing the survivors, and finally—beyond the shadow of a doubt—discovered the murderer.

Editorial Reviews

"Part Agatha Christie, part Somerset Maugham, part Evelyn Waugh." --Newsday

"A piece of investigative reporting that possesses all the resonance of social history and the drama of a good mystery." --New York Times

About the Author

James Fox is a British journalist and author. Born in Washington, D.C., he has been a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times and Vanity Fair. His first book White Mischief, an account of the 1941 Happy Valley murder case in Kenya, was made into a film in 1987. His other work includes The Langhorne Sisters. James was the co-author of Life, the bestselling memoir of Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards.