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- Publisher: Avon
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380820439
- ISBN-13: 978-0380820436
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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The more Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the murder of a schoolgirl in a church graveyard the less he likes the whole sordid affair. The vicar at St. Mary's has been allegedly seeking sex from his sexton; the vicar's wife has been seeking solace in a bottle and the arms of a schoolteacher; and those in and around the church aren't keen on anybody who doesn't view matters as they do. And there happens to be a few suspects who meet that description. Banks investigates a murder and finds religious and societal affairs stickier than those in the normal mystery. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Moving his ever dependable Yorkshire-based copper, Alan Banks (Final Account, 1995, etc.), to the periphery of this work, the equally dependable Robinson focuses instead on the tragic plight of a possibly innocent man charged with murder. In the process, Robinson adds another level of nuance to his already fully dimensioned fiction and takes a quantum leap as a writer. A schoolgirl is murdered on church ground. Her school bag is left open, and her clothes are disturbed. The local vicar is already embroiled in a sex scandal, and his adulterous wife is wandering drunkenly through the grounds when the body is found. Without a decent motive, but with a plethora of damning evidence, Banks is led to one Owen Pierce, a moody young schoolteacher. Pierce is revealed as a man with enough minor aberrations in his life to fashion a believable criminal. His smutty tastes in literature, photography and teenage women invite easy condemnation, and he is further burdened with a past lover who nurses a deep grievance against him. If Banks has occasionally appeared a shade too decent and placid in past works, this eighth appearance finds him with a new, sharper edge. Banks is still a kindly enough soul, but he knowingly occupies a world that has suddenly become more richly treacherous.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
As usual Peter Robinson keeps us glued to the book, oblivious to our surroundings.
Jack in Toronto, and no relation, or maybe I am.
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The other reason I wasn't crazy about this book, is I got to the end of the book, and there was no closure to several threads in the story. Robinson didn't explain how the man who murder original girl did the job, nor how he murdered the second girl. He didn't explain how the evidence from the man who was originally blamed for the crimes ended up being at the crime scenes. There were so many questions left at the end it was very unsatisfactory...
As she's strolling through the graveyard beyond the vicarage, Rebecca Charters, wife of the vicar, comes upon the body of a dead teen lying behind a mausoleum. No one was suppose to have entered the mausoleum in 50 years and yet empty vodka bottles along with cigarette stubs are found inside.
Rumors surrounding the vicar and the sexton have been going around. Some impropriety. The vicar's wife is having an affair. What a mess.
The fog surrounding the graveyard evokes a hauntedness of its own.
After the high school student is found murdered, much of the story is the investigation, questioning folks as well as intimidating others as homicide detectives are wont to do. It's certainly not a fast-past thriller but a slow-moving investigation, with the cops strong-arming folks when they feel like intimidating them.
There was no strong closure to the story ... for those who like their stories wrapped up nice and tight-like.
I might have given this a 3.5 stars but since that's not possible...