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A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
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Nov 18, 10

bookshelves: 9-star, bookclub, british, own
Read in August, 2009

This was chosen as a selection for one of my book clubs. I enjoyed it, very good summer reading, but was doubtful whether a mystery of this type would generate much discussion for a book club. But the conclusion certainly removed any doubts about that, and we had a very good discussion about justice - with an interesting variety of opinions! The book also raised the topic of capital punishment. Val McDermid is an excellent writer of intelligent mysteries. Thirteen-year-old Alison Carter disappeared from her isolated Derbyshire village in December 1963. Inspector George Bennett was determined to solve his first serious crime case. Thirty-five years later journalist Catherine Heathcote persuades Bennett to tell his story of the investigation. But just when the book is ready he asks her to halt the publication because of new information which he will not disclose….
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