by James Fox
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Just before 3 a.m. on January 24, 1941, when Great Britain was concerned about the Lightning survivors, the body of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll, was found lying on the floor of his Buick, at the intersection of the road a few miles outside Nairobi, with a bullet in the headA prominent figure in colonial Kenya’s community, the Earl had recently been appointed Military Secretary, but he was above all a seducer of men other than women.Sir Henry Delves Broughton, whose wife was Erroll’s current conquest, had an obvious motive for murder, but nobody was ever convicted and the question of who killed him became a classic mystery, to scandal and the “famous cause”Among those who became fascinated with the Erroll case was Cyril Connolly who joined James Fox for a major investigation of the case in 1969 for the Sunday Times magazineAfter his death, James Fox inherited the obsession and commitment to continue in the pursuit of history in both England and Kenya in the late 1970sOne day, on a veranda overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Fox came through a room that seemed to bring all the fragments and pieces together and convinced that he saw a complete picture
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