A Place of Execution

Val McDermid

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On a freezing day in December 1963, Alison Carter vanishes from her rural village, an insular community that distrusts the outside world. For the young George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it is 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.

           

Decades later Bennett finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, he unaccountably tries to pull the plug. He has new information that he refuses to divulge, new information which threatens the very foundations of his existence. Catherine is forced to reinvestigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down.

           

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes, and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multilayered narrative that turns expectation on its head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

 

A Place of Execution is winner of the 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a 2001 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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Wednesday, 11th December 1963. 7.53 p.m.
'Help me. You've got to help me.' The woman's voice quavered on the edge of tears. The duty constable who had picked up the phone heard a hiccuping gulp, as if the caller was struggling to speak.
'That's what we're here for, madam,' PC Ron Swindells said stolidly. He'd worked in Buxton man and boy for the best part of fifteen years and for the last five, he'd found it hard to shake off a sense that he was reliving the first ten. There was, he reckoned, nothing new under the sun. It was a view that would be irrevocably shattered by the events

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"One of the most ingenious mystery novels ever."--Newsday

"Inventivly conceived and wonderfully written...A marvel from start to finish."--Wall Street Journal

"Val McDemid's best work to date."--Times Literary Supplement

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Val McDermid

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community and then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year.

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Anthony Awards - Winner, Dilys Award - Winner, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Macavity Award - Winner, L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312644536
ISBN10: 0312644531
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 2001
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312979539
ISBN10: 0312979533
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 480 pages
$7.99

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April 2010
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