Novelist Tom Oliver is not the most popular man in the world, and he isn’t much missed when he disappears at the end of a week tutoring at a writers’ centre in rural Shropshire.
However, it eventually falls to DI Frank Kavanagh and his colleague DC Jane Salt to ascertain whether one of his literary enemies, a former lover, or perhaps a humiliated husband has finally exacted revenge. Is his disappearance an innocent affair, or has he himself been “written out”?
I don't know the author's work and came at this after the very smooth Stephen Booth. Some familiarity with the UK and police practice is probably required for maximum enjoyment. At first I despaired with the plot but as the author drew it together, with various complexities and the darker side of human nature, it gripped me quite well. The scene is set in Shropshire and the senior cop is from Birmingham via London while his current squeeze is a DC in London. The anticipation in reading the book was knowing that murder had been committed but not finding out until almost the end, who did it and more particularly how. I found it most enjoyable but patience is a virtue.
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