When Simon Serrailler was a rookie constable with the Met, he did something reckless in the course of a night's work which caused a man's death. But his act was praised by his colleagues, and he was called a hero.
Years later, now a detective chief superintendent who has been badly injured in the course of duty, he receives a medal for bravery at Buckingham Palace while recollecting that fateful night of his early career, when chance disguised itself as bravery.
Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including ghost stories. The play of The Woman in Black is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of the Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in this short story.
Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, published by Chatto & Windus, is the final title in the Serrailler series. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.
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Susan Hill and Steven Pacey have definitely made a positive impression. I'll be searching both out when selecting future audiobooks
"A True Story?"
This had more than a ring of truth, so much so that I wondered whether the author had indeed had this conversation with a real member of the force. Simon S. the detective in her novels is a very insightful character who balances the rights and wrongs of each case from a very human and understanding point of view. He looks at everything from the police point of view, but looks deeper into the character of perpetrators of crime with a questioning mind. This story was a good illustration of his character and we trust of the police in general.
"Good reading from narrator"
Nice easy going story. Brought up to date in the storyline . Look forward to many more
"Want more Simon Serailler"
After the horrendous ending of Soul of Discretion it was good to hear this but please can we have more of these wonderful stories. We've got to know his family and he is definitely going to go back to his job. Please Susan Hill give us more of Simon Serailler.
"Farewell to a favourite character"
Concise, brief, unsatisfying
None stood out
Again, none especially
Having read all the Simon Serailler novels, over time I had grown to know the character(s) and I was delighted to have the opportunity to know how he had survived the terrible events at the close of the last novel. Truthfully, it might have been better to leave the reader wondering...
I felt due to the brevity it skipped through the story, with little time to explore the characters and the events that had unfolded. (It was very brief).
"Short but sweet"
A short story but vey well written and read by Steven Pacey .
Can't wait for a new Simon Serellia book to be published.
"Return from the dead"
Tantalising. Please resurrect Simon's career. Such a good series. We need more of it, please
Works well as a standalone or as a backfill for those familiar with the series. It's tight, draws you in, but it's short and sweet.
Serrailler, but he narrates all characters well.
An unexpected bonus, I normally read this series, but I've listened to a couple and this filler story is a must for anyone following Serrailler.
Lovely to have some more Simon Serrailler, even if only a snippet. Frustrating glimpses into the lives of the characters makes you wish for a full length novel. Unfortunately this very short story felt rather clichéd and not very convincing, although Stephen Pacey is always a joy to listen to.
I love all the Simon Serailler books. Please write some more! You can't stop now.
"Indeed a short story"
I expected more, but a short story it is. Nothing more than a flashback of an incident many years ago. Could it serve as a titbit for the next book? No.
Those of you anxious to know what happened to Simon and his recovery will be disappointed. I sure was.
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