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This mystery, part of the popular Lindsay Gordon series, is set in Glasgow, Scotland. Author Val McDermid, who grew up in a Scottish mining community, captures the sharp, colorful dialects of characters who live in newly renovated yuppie flats, low rent dives, and everything in between. On her way to solve the mystery of one friend's murder and another's conviction for the same, scrappy, soft-hearted journalist Lindsay Gordon learns a thing or two she didn't expect--or want-- to learn about the complications of lesbian love. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This intriguing second novel by the author of Report for Murder again casts lesbian Scottish journalist Lindsay Gordon. Lindsay is living temporarily in Italy when fellow writer Alison Maxwell is found strangled in Glasgow and the victim's ex-lover, journalist Jackie Mitchell, is convicted of the crime. On Lindsay's return to Scotland, Jackie's friends, including Lindsay's last lover, Cordelia Brown, and Cordelia's new mate, Claire Ogilvie, ask Lindsay to look into the murder. Lindsay agrees even though she hasn't recovered from her breakup with Cordelia, a recovery made harder when she reads Cordelia's new book and realizes how much excellent work her friend accomplished on the heels of her departure. She is even more daunted in her investigation when she discovers how Alison used and abused friendships. After Lindsay finds and decodes Alison's secret diary of sexual conquests--both male and female--she realizes that not only Jackie but many people probably wanted Alison dead. Only a thorough search through Alison's letters allow Lindsay and her new lover, Sophie, to solve the case. While the depiction of lesbian relationships may not appeal to some, this taut story exploring the limits of friendship is well worth reading.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.