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A Place of Execution
The novel centers on the central character George Bennett, newly appointed inspector and the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case - a suspected murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the anonymity of the inner city, and an outcome that reverberates through the years. I highly recommend this novel for its wonderful depiction of police work in the 1960's, its concise and beautiful l...
Killing The Shadows
St. Martin's, Oct 2001, 24.95, 432 pp. ISBN: 0312266154 Psychologist Fiona Cameron uses state of the art computer programming to develop a serial profiling system, but not the typical sexual based type that dominates the field. The professor believes that other factors can also pinpoint a personality besides the sexual approach. She has helped the police solve several homicides though she is not always believed. Her lover, best selli...
The Distant Echo
St. Martin's, Oct 2003, 24.95, 404 pp. ISBN: 0312301995 In 1978 St. Andrews, Scotland, four intoxicated students stumble home at four in the morning while snow heavily falls. However, they sober up rather quickly when they stumble over the raped and murdered body of Rosie Duff. Though everyone especially the victim's siblings believe that the drunken male quartet killed her, no proof exists and thus no one is charged with the homicide. Twent...