Roald Dahl: Lamb to the Slaughter

May 16, 2009

This is a murder story.

A scene of domestic felicity suddenly takes a turn for the worse.

The wife calls the police and the arms of the law arrive: some of these are attached to friends of the murdered man who was a colleague of theirs.

Yesterday I said that in a murder case corpus delicti is vital; another clue the police look for is the weapon that was used in the crime. Perpetrators of murder, however, devise ingenious ways to hide it.

I have read this story to a gathering of some 15 or 20 people in my home; they liked it and no-one protested. But if you are squeamish, don’t read the story.


“It’s the old story,” he said.  “Get the weapon, and you’ve got the man.”